Thursday, October 25, 2007
Indians win 28-7; rival Hawks next
By CLAUDE VINSON
Fireworks started early in this one.
Byhalia, playing at home, elected to receive and Patrick Malone took Rosa Fort’s kick to the 35. Marcus Thomas called the perfect play, a bomb to the right corner of the end zone, laid accurately in the hands of Marquise Green. Thomas then used the “old Statue of Liberty” play to bootleg the ball into the end zone for two more. In 13 seconds the Indians had an 8-0 lead.
The Lions, using a pair of proven work horses, Courtney Vaughn and Shaviea McKinney, picked up a couple of first downs. They kept the ball on the ground, slowly moving toward Indian territory. On a fourth and eight, quarterback Will Dunn hit Benardrick McKinney who was all alone behind the goal line. Their kicker made it 8-7.
Green returned the ensuing kick to the 37, but a broken play placed the ball back to the 49. The Indians had to send the ball over. But the defense held the Lions, countering every play and ran the quarter out with the score still 8-7.
Opening the second was Chris Hill on the receiving end of a flare right, good for a first down. Thomas came back with a flare left, this time to Warren Taylor. He continued to deliver the mail via air, threading the needle again to Taylor at the Rosa Fort 37. Then came the textbook catch by Hill for the score. There was no extra point, and the score was 14-7.
Rosa Fort was still trying to win the ground war, sending Vaughn on various routes on every play. But the Indian defense, being led by Corderio Burford and Fernandez Boyce, was picking him up early and stopping him for little or no gain.
The Indians were still using a mixture, keeping the Lion defense guessing and moving the chains. They had a few miscues, but almost scored again on the running of Allen Stewart and Zacarian Rayford. They had to settle for a half time score of 14-7.
Neither team could penetrate in the third and the scoreless frame ended with the Indians still in front 14-7.
Early in the fourth, Green made a pure power run off of left tackle. Thomas then took to the air again, hitting Taylor for the strike. Again, the extra-point try failed, and the score was 20-7.
The Lions were still having all kinds of problems trying to circumvent the defense of Boyce and Burford. The pair was everywhere. The Lions had to punt on every possession.
The Indians made it to the 1-yard line late in the last quarter, and Green slipped around left end for the score. He came back on the same play for a deuce and the Indians had won their third consecutive game region game by a score of 28-7.
This win put the Indians at a record of 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the district, which means they’re atop the playoff race.
The Indians will play Holly High next Friday in another important district contest. The Hawks are looking for an outside chance for a playoff berth.
Coach Devin Rutherford selected Jeremy Jackson as the Indians’ most valuable player for the Rosa Fort game.
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