Thursday, September 11, 2008
Coach sees progress in Byhalia loss
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Markeith Washington is preaching patience with his young Byhalia football team.
The young 3A Indians, playing another 5A team in week two of the season, lost 42-0 Friday night at DeSoto Central. They fell 33-6 to Horn Lake in week one.
“Our young guys need experience,” said Washington, in his first year at the helm of a Byhalia squad hit hard by graduation. “We have to be patient. It’s going to come.”
The Jaguars, who avenged a 46-41 loss to the Indians last year, struck for points on the opening kickoff and never looked back. Trel Watkins returned it 90 yards for the score.
DeSoto Central led 14-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at the half.
The Indians’ biggest threat came near the end of the first half. Quarterback Patrick Malone led the team down the field. But with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, a Jaguar interception ended the try-for-points.
Coach Washington said his young quarterback “did a good job of running the offense and never got frustrated.”
He also complimented the play of Labradford Rayford.
He selected middle linebacker and fullback Jeremy Sessom the game’s most valuable player. Sessom had nine solo tackles and five assists.
“I saw progress and positives from my team,” he said. “We faced a very experienced 5A team who wanted redemption from last year. We had just two penalties, which was a big improvement.”
The string of bigger schools to open the season continues this Friday night. Byhalia travels to neighboring Tennessee to face Bolivar Central.
“We’re fighting an uphill battle against the bigger ball clubs, but it’s a good opportunity for us to iron our problems out now before getting into our district schedule,” Washington said.
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