Thursday, October 16, 2008
Byhalia Indians drop district game to Warriors
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Indians of Byhalia, still winless after six outings, traveled to Senatobia last Friday in search of that first win.
The Indians, who had narrowly missed winning the week before, were hoping to catch the Warriors just a little off guard because they had escaped with a one-point victory over the Holly High Hawks on October 3.
The Indians received first and began to really move the ball well. Patrick Malone was calling signals and made some good selections. One, a long pass to Tavaris Neal, put the Indians on their own forty. A quick pitch out to setback Labradford Rayford moved them to the Warriors’ 40. On a fourth and six, Malone called his own number, got two blocks and picked up the first at the 30. A penalty set up a third and 15 and the Indians went four and out.
Byhalia had kept the ball for most of the first quarter when they turned it over. Dex Harrington, quarterbacking for the Warriors, was hit with a pair of illegal procedure calls before he hit his tight end, Deundras Copeland with a long gainer. The Indians’ defense stopped them cold for the next three plays and Senatobia attempted a field goal from the 28. It went wide right and the Indians were back in business at the 20.
They had to give it up three downs later. The quarter expired with the score 0-0.
Byhalia’s punt was taken on the fly by Josh Garrett who returned it to the Byhalia seven before he was stopped. The same tenacious defense held the Warriors for three consecutive downs without gain. Harrington called a keeper on a fourth and goal and wiggled his way across the goal line. After the Wesley Davidson kick, it was 7-0.
The Indians played hard throughout the second quarter; however, the majority of the breaks and calls went to the Warriors. They kicked a field goal with a little over four minutes left in the second to make it 10-0. Senatobia got another break when it intercepted a Malone pass at their own 27. In a rare pass for Senatobia, Harrington lofted a long one which was gathered in by Brandon Dean, who faked one tackler and scored. Another kick made it 17-0 at the half.
The Warriors received to start the third quarter, but the Indian defense caused and covered a fumble. A few miscues later and Byhalia punted away.
The Warriors had slowed their offense down to a crawling ground game. They methodically advanced the ball, taking advantage of Byhalia miscues and still getting the good calls. They scored again in the third to make it 24-0.
Byhalia didn’t suffer a letdown. They played just as hard, but they gave up three TDs in the fourth, one an 80-yard run from scrimmage to allow the Warriors to win 45-0.
Head coach Markeith Washington, always upbeat, named Tavaris Neal as most valuable player of the game while praising the “no quit” attitude of his team.
“At the end we had a chance to give some of our newest players some actual game experience,” he said. “It lets them feel just how it is in tough games. We have a great attitude and I think that we are still going to shock somebody before the season ends.”
The Indians will go to Rosa Fort in Tunica this Friday, Oct. 17. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
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