Thursday, December 20, 2007
Byhalia QB rewrites state history book
By CLAUDE VINSON
If you have met the 5’9” signal caller for the Byhalia Indians, you would most likely consider him to be one of the most unassuming individuals you have encountered.
Mild mannered, void of braggadocio, Marcus Thomas is a study in precision when he is on the football field.
His passes appear to have some space age inertial guidance system. The accuracy accounted for his setting the new all-time Mississippi record for passing yardage for all classes. The senior’s 4,032 yards this past season were 242 yards better than his predecessor who had held a record of 3,790 since 1999. Quarterback Ken Topps set that record at Shannon.
Head coach Devin Rutherford of Byhalia spares no praise in recognizing the accomplishments of his quarterback.
“He has a work ethic that is almost unmatchable,” Rutherford said. “He never gets down on his teammates or himself. We just hope that there is a coach at the next level who has a need for this outstanding talent”.
Thomas is also a member of the Indian basketball team. His head coach, Michael Neal (also an assistant in football), doesn’t hesitate to insert Thomas in the lineup when he feels the team needs a spark.
The Indians finished the season with an 8-4 record, losing to Aberdeen in the 3A playoffs. Thomas had thrown 36 touchdown passes on his way to winning the Region 3-3A crown.
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