Thursday, September 25, 2008
Indians start district with loss
By BARRY BURLESON
Friday night’s Byhalia-Lewisburg game turned into a weight room battle, according to Markeith Washington, and his Indians lost.
“Their offensive line was stronger and moved us off the ball,” said the Indians’ first year head coach. “They controlled the line of scrimmage.”
An inexperienced Byhalia squad dropped to 0-4 on the season with the 41-20 home loss to the Patriots. It was the Indians’ first district outing.
Washington, who just took the Byhalia head coaching job in July, said his young linemen just haven’t had enough preparation time.
“So much of it is fundamentals and weight room,” he said.
“The biggest thing – we’re not going to be able to quick fix anything. You have to build a program from the ground up. From the junior high on up, we have to work together on the same page, weight room and all.
“These things take time. It won’t happen overnight.”
Lewisburg was led by running back Tavious Johnson, who rushed for 366 yards and scored five touchdowns. He averaged 10.3 yards per carry.
“He’s a wonderful back,” Washington said. “He just stayed behind his blockers.”
Byhalia fell behind 20-0 at the half and then scored two third-quarter touchdowns to cut the lead to 20-14. The Patriots tallied 21 points in the fourth period to the Indians’ six.
Darrell Malone scored touchdowns on runs of 10 and 11 yards for Byhalia.
Pat Malone threw for 270 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jyrome Richmond.
Randy Holt was two of three of extra-point kicks for the Indians. One attempt was blocked.
“Our quarterback (Pat Malone) played a great game, and our running backs (Darrell Malone and Roderick Hardaway) did well,” he said. “Pat Malone is stepping up as a leader.
“We showed a lot of progress on offense. Our offensive line did well. Those guys came to play.
“We had some good gains. We just couldn’t stop them. Their offensive line was huge.”
Coach Washington also complimented the work of his punter, ninth grader Ryan Coon.
“He did a wonderful job,” Washington said.
He continues to see positives, despite the Indians’ 0-4 start.
“We’re learning game-by-game and day-by-day,” the head coach said. “I’m not a negative person. I see positives. A lot of guys are growing up. We’re developing leaders.”
Byhalia stays in district competition this week. They travel to North Panola, which knocked off Holly Springs 18-13 last week. Kick-off will be at 7:30 p.m.
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