Thursday, September 18, 2008
Bolivar blanks Byhalia; district next for Indians
By BARRY BURLESON
The turnover bug bit Byhalia Friday night in the neighboring state of Tennessee.
And big school Bolivar Central took advantage - beating the Indians 30-0. Byhalia’s record fell to 0-3.
“We had three crucial fumbles,” head coach Markeith Washington said. “Their points came off turnovers (including a 27-yard interception return). They couldn’t drive the ball.”
Bolivar Central, which reached the state semifinals in Tennessee last season, led 14-0 after one quarter and 24-0 at the half.
“This is the third really good team we’ve played (in addition to Horn Lake and DeSoto Central),” Washington said.
He said his Indians put together some good drives, several nearing the goal-line.
“We moved the ball up and down the field, but then made make immature mistakes,” he said. “We just couldn’t punch it in.”
Roderick Hardaway and Darrell Malone each rushed for 60 yards.
Defensively, Byhalia sacked the Boliver Central quarterback six times. Coach Washington named Marcus Franks the most valuable player. The senior cornerback had one interception and five knockdowns and shut down the Tigers’ all-state receiver.
He again played a lot of Indians.
“We’re getting some valuable experience,” he said. “Our entire offensive line is new. They’re all first-year players. With time, comes maturity. We will be all right.”
Washington also liked the fight in his team last Friday.
“We did not quit,” he said.
“And their coach was impressed with our team, particularly our class and sportsmanship.”
The Indians start district play this Friday night at home versus Lewisburg, a 49-0 loser to Hernando last week.
“It’s good to be through those first three games,” Washington said. “We played some powerhouse teams. We’re excited about getting into division play.”
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