Thursday, November 6, 2008
BMS Indians rout North Panola, finish perfect season
The Byhalia Middle School Indians completed their 2008 football season at home October 21 versus the North Panola Cougars. The final score was a 40-8 victory for BMS that notched an undefeated 11-0 season for the Indians.
Byhalia was a young and inexperienced squad, with only seven returning players (two starters) from last year’s team.
Against North Panola, the Indians were led on offense by tailback Devonte Norman with three touchdowns on runs of 30, 57 and 15 yards to go along with a two-point conversion. Quarterback Markeise Rodgers passed for a 15-yard touchdown to flanker Andrey Collins and an 8-yard score to tight end Damien Rayford. Linebacker Cordell Anderson scored the final BMS touchdown by returning a Cougar fumble 30 yards. Collins added the conversion points to run the score to 40-0 with three minutes left in the third quarter.
The visitors go on the scoreboard in the last minute of the game for the 40-8 final score.
The heart and soul of the Indians’ offensive unit that average over 28 points per game was the offensive line. This group included Tevin Milam, Michael Tadlock, Airreo Johnson, Tedrick Myers, Tyler Chauffe, Andrew Rogers, Anthony Riley, Timar Webster and Rayford.
Defensively, the Indians gave up an average of only 7.8 points per game. The linebacker corp of Norman, Anderson, A. Johnson, Deandre Johnson, Kenneth Wilson and Devin Tipler was the key to the Indians’ defensive success. The defensive line, including Milam, Tadlock, Chauffe, Rayford, Eric Reyes, Larry Snow, Leo Griggs, Q’Shawn Cochran and Isaiah Isom, played well throughout the season. The defensive backfield, consisting of Collins, Javius Graham, Deandre Buchanan, Jamarcus Hardaway, Pat Stevenson and Daryll Collins, allowed only one touchdown pass the entire season.
The game results for the 2008 BMS season were – H.W. Byers 12-0; Coldwater 36-0; North Panola 32-12; Holly Springs 1-0 forfeit; H.W. Byers 24-0; Holly Springs 40-6; Rosa Fort 32-18; Rosa Fort 1-0 forfeit; Ripley 30-20; Marshall Academy 8-6; and North Panola 40-8.
The seventh grade team had a great season, as well, with a 2-1 record. With a good spring practice and summer work, the 2009 Indian team should be very competitive again. The seventh grade team results were – Center Hill 6-22; Olive Branch 6-0; and Center Hill 16-8.
The players and coaching staff of Mark Clark, Sam Hayman, Trevan Dixon and C.B. McClatchy wish to thank the BMS administration, the BMS office personnel, the BMS athletic director, the BMS cheerleaders and sponsor, the parents and the Byhalia area communities for their tremendous support of the football program this season.
Coach McClatchy said, “The 11-0 undefeated 2008 football season was certainly a special time for our Byhalia Middle School family and communities. It is a great tribute to how hard work and dedication toward a common goal paid off for this group of young men. I know everyone associated with this team should be proud of what we accomplished.”
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