Thursday, October 11, 2007
Indians snatch big district win
The head coach of the Byhalia Indians lamented the fact that his team has not really learned the “killer instinct” and how to apply it; however, he was pleased that the Indians escaped with a region 3-3A victory at Independence.
Byhalia received the ball first Friday night at the 34. And their first plays set the tone for the first half. Their first play put them on the cusp of the red zone. It was a perfect bomb from quarterback Marcus Thomas to wideout/runningback Marquise Green. Allen Stewart took a hand-off to the 13. Thomas then hit Warren Taylor for the score. The PAT was unsuccessful.
Byhalia got off a good kick, but on the first play the Wildcat quarterback threw a short pass to D.J. Newson, who was brought down at the 15. Byhalia’s Corderio Burford flew through the line and tossed Jeremy Langston in the backfield. Trying to make up the huge deficit, the Wildcats went on a fourth and 11.
Jeremy Sessons correctly read the QB and made the pick, carrying it to the 40. Thomas used a mixture of plays to get the ball down to the 11. Warren Taylor was hit and dragged into the end zone for the TD. The Indians again tried for two but failed. They led 12-0.
The defense caused a fumble which was recovered by Fernandez Boyce. The Indian offense put the ball into scoring position again on a fourth and 10. The ball was placed on the 10 yard line by a short pass from Thomas to Taylor. Green then broke around the corner to the right side and went in standing up. After the conversion attempt for two failed the Indians led 18-0.
The Indians dropped a punt, giving the Wildcats their best field position of the game to that point. The Indian defense was still declaring “open season” on anything Wildcat. They repelled the Independence offense and rode out the first quarter 18-0.
The Indians were threatening to score again deep in Wildcat territory when they incurred a penalty. After the assessment, the Indians tried a short flare which would have scored; however, it was picked by an alert Newson, who returned it all the way. The runback covered 95 yards. They missed the PAT try. The score was 18-6.
In the last minutes the ball changed hands a number of times with the final posession going to the Indians on Green’s pick. The Indians then used a “flea flicker” on the next play. It went from Thomas to Green to Taylor for the easy six. Thomas next threw the two point strike to Chris Hill for a 26-6 score to close the half.
After intermission, the Wildcats showed a new game plan. They used their backs to roll off 18 unanswered points. The Indians were no longer containing the persons coming out of the backfield. The Wildcats scored the last time with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter. They tried to tie with a two-point conversion attempt but it was stopped by the Indians.
The Indians held the ball for a little over three minutes and had to punt. The Indians’ Stewart picked the ball on the Wildcats first play. Byhalia then kneeled to protect the 26-24 victory.
Stewart was named most valuable player of the game.
Head coach Devin Rutherford said after the game, “We have to find the key to putting teams away. When you are leading 26-6 and let them come back, that is scary. We are looking for our first chance to the playoffs. We have to find that ‘killer instinct.’ ”
The Indians host district-leading Senatobia for their next game this Friday night. The Warriors downed Holly Springs 14-6 last week.
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