Thursday, September 27, 2007
Indians win big to start district play
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians opened division play in fine fashion Friday night at Lewisburg.
The Indians received to start the first half and rested the ball on the 30.
Marcus Thomas, senior signal caller for the Indians, took up his position in the shotgun. Warren Taylor moved the chains to the Patriots’ 40. Thomas then hit two consecutive receivers to put the ball on the 16. A subsequent pass to the end zone was broken up. Terrion Smith took a handoff but the play was nulled by an illegal procedure. Another penalty, this one more severe, moved the Indians back to the 37. Thomas then clustered three wideouts and hit the one in the middle, Patrick Malone, for the touchdown. The Indians lined up quickly and Thomas sneaked in for two more.
The kickoff was a high one. It gave the Indians time to swarm the ball. They continued the trend and the Patriots had to punt to midfield.
The Indians went right to work. Thomas stepped into the pocket and with the greatest poise lofted one to Chris Hill for a 50-yard strike. They did not get the PAT, but the lead was 14-0.
Lewisburg was trying hard to get something going. They returned the kick to the 31. Aaron Greenwood was double-teamed by Marquise Green and Smith and was dropped for a huge loss. The Pats turned the ball over, but it was returned to them two plays later when a Patriot defender picked Thomas.
The Pats stalled. And it was bombs away again. Thomas found Green for another strike and tossed to Smith for the PAT. The Indians led 22-0.
The Indians scored again a few minutes later. First the ball went to Smith on a fake delay and then to Green, who took three defenders into the end zone with him. It was 30-0 after the PAT.
The Patriots went to the ground and picked up their first first down. It was all for naught for they gave the ball back to the Indians. Thomas, flanked by two set backs, hit Green over the middle. Hill scored the PAT. It was 38-0.
The Pats made it into the red zone on their next possession and scored when Tavius Johnson penetrated. They converted for two with two minutes left in the half.
But the Indians matched them on their next possession and took a 46-8 lead into intermission.
Coach Devin Rutherford sent in the reserves to start the second half. Lewisburg was still being conservative. They scored again to make it 46-16.
They would increase their tally to 22 before the Indians scored again to make it 54-22.
The Indians were using Smith in the QB slot. They also alternated Hill and Green into the position. All performed well. The Pats did get one sack against Smith.
The Indians had a 70-yard run from Green; he took a pitch-out at the 30, skirted left end and was off to paydirt.
They would score one more time and allow one or more for the Pats for a final 66-28.
Coach Rutherford had only praise for the entire Indian team.
“It was great to see some of our other guys get some real game experience. We have some ninth graders out there who will benefit from this,” he said.
The coach said it was hard to pick a player of the week since he had so many choices. Thomas threw for five TDs (a school record) in the first half. He has 15 passing TDs in the four games.
Rutherford selected Terrion Smith as MVP.
“He did an outstanding job on offense and he was awesome on the defensive side,” the coach said.
The Indians (2-2) play North Panola (2-2) at home this Friday, Sept. 28. North Panola beat Holly Springs last weekend.
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