Thursday, November 15, 2007
Byhalia wins clash of Cowboys, Indians
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Humphreys County Cowboys rode into Byhalia town last Friday night and they probably didn’t expect the really hot welcome which they received.
The Cowboys, the fourth seed from Region 4, let the Region 3 number one Indians have the first possession and that was their first mistake. The Indians sent Warren Taylor, Patrick Malone and Marquise Green deep to receive.
The Cowboys, eyeing the formation, tried an onside kick. That was their second mistake. Byhalia covered the ball at the 50. Marcus “Bubba” Thomas threw a 40-yard bomb to Green. Thomas then optioned the ball to Green from the setback position and he crossed for six. A hand-off to Malone netted them a two-point PAT.
After the kickoff and on the third play, Chris Hill saw the Cowboy quarterback, Dante Reed, go into the pass mode. Hill stepped in front of the receiver and wasn’t touched as he ran 40 yards for another six. No PAT, the Indians led 14-0.
The Cowboys made it to the Indian 13 but went out on downs. The Indians put the ball on the ground and Malone picked up a first. After a loss of four yards, Taylor caught Thomas’ bullet. A couple of plays later, the Indian band struck up the fight song and Green struck for another six. No PAT. The score was 20-0 with 2:28 still left in the first quarter. The quarter ended on the same score.
The Cowboys faked a punt, got a first but dropped the ball. It was recovered by Byhalia. Seconds later, Green scampered around right end for the TD. A toss to Malone made it 28-0.
Byhalia’s defense blitzed the Cowboys back into their own end zone. They scored a safety when Reed grounded the ball – 30-0.
Byhalia scored again on a straight pass from Thomas. Malone caught the PAT to give the Indians a 38-0 lead.
The Cowboys could not move the ball and it went back to Byhalia. Thomas hit Green behind all defenders then hit Allen Stewart for the points after. That lit the board up with a 46-0 mark.
The Cowboys finally got on the board with a pass from Reed to Quantez Ball but that was after Byhalia’s Green had scored again. It was 54-6 and still in the first half.
The Indians used a fake delay to move to 60-6 at the intermission.
The Cowboys scored again to open the second half but could not turn the PAT – 60-12.
They kicked the ball straight to Green who fielded it at the 20 and ran 80 yards for the TD. They hit two again for a 68-12 advantage.
Coach Rutherford had started clearing his bench. He used a trio of quarterbacks who moved the ball well but didn’t score. The Cowboys, taking advantage of a less experienced squad, scored 18 more points.
The game ended at 68-30. The Indians had made history again by winning their first playoff game. It was obvious that these Cowboys had not heard of “Custer’s Last Stand.”
Coach Rutherford named Warren Taylor the most valuable player. He also praised the team for its performance and congratulated Green for scoring seven touchdowns on the evening. He also told his reserve players that they had to pick up their game.
The Indians will enter the second round at Aberdeen this Friday, Nov. 16. Both teams have 8-3 records. The Bulldogs beat Booneville 14-12 in round one.
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