Thursday, October 2, 2008
Indians lose 50-21; homecoming next
By BARRY BURLESON
This week in practice, coach Markeith Washington is looking for toughness on the defensive side of the football.
That’s after his Byhalia Indians were dealt a 50-21 loss Friday night at North Panola. They dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in district play.
“We’ve found what makes the offense work,” Washington said. “Offensively, we’re improving. Our offensive line played well; they (the Cougars) threw a lot of blitzes at us.”
Patrick Malone passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 83 yards.
Byhalia’s scores came on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Roderick Hardaway, a 16-yard toss to Darrell Malone and a 20-yard pass to Marcus Franks. Randy Holt added all three extra-point kicks.
But the problem was that the Indians couldn’t stop the Cougars.
“Defensively, we have to get tougher,” Coach Washington said. “It’s all about being aggressive and strong. That’s where we’re lacking. Our kids have to be aggressive, and it will come in time. There will be a lot of defensive work this week on the basics.”
The majority of North Panola’s scores went outside, rather than through the interior, of the Byhalia defensive.
“Our defensive ends have to learn to contain,” he said.
On the bright side, Labradford Rayford intercepted a pass in the end zone versus the Cougars and returned it 46 yards. And Fernandez Boyce had a fumble recovery.
Coach Washington also complimented the play of his special teams in last Friday’s loss. Ninth grader Ryan Coon had a 42-yard punt.
“We have a lot of guys growing up,” Washington said. “It won’t happen overnight, but the more they play, the better they’ll get.
“We fought hard for four quarters Friday night, and we’re improving every week.”
Byhalia hosts district foe Independence this Friday night at 7 p.m. for homecoming. The Wildcats lost 26-19 to Holly Springs last Friday night.
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