Thursday, September 6, 2007
Indians fight but fall short at 5A Horn Lake
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Indians of Byhalia traveled to the home of the Horn Lake Eagles to begin their 2007 football season. Byhalia faced a determined Class 5A team with a well-staffed roster, but according to their coach, Devin Rutherford, the Indians acquitted themselves quite well.
Coach Rutherford, starting his second season at the reins of the 3A Indians would relate after the game, “They had a huge roster with a lot of players and theywere able to substitute an entire team at will. But we did our best to meet the challenge and I am optimistically pleased with our performance and future.”
The Eagles put the first points on the board, but the Indians soon scored and went into the halftime break behind by a touchdown at 13-7.
The Indians tied the score in the third quarter at 13 all. They failed in the extra point attempt.
The rest of the second half belonged to the Eagles as they put up 20 more points. The Indians would score only once more to make the final tally 33-18.
The Indians’ quarterback, Marcus Thomas, was excellent under constant pressure. He connected on 12-of-24 attempts and amassed 201 yards via the airways. He also hit receivers for two touchdowns.
Marquise Green gained 76 yards on six carries. He had one touchdown rushing and had 100 yards in receptions. On defense he also had one interception.
His teammate, Chris Hill, a wide receiver for the Indians, fielded Thomas’ aerials for 100 yards and a touchdown. Warren Taylor also scored from 43 yards out.
Coach Rutherford and the Indians must prepare for another opponent with a big roster when big school Desoto Central invades Byhalia this Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.
Rutherford believes these tough contests in the early season will stand his Indians in good stead before going into district play.
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