Thursday, September 24, 2009
Indians drop district opener
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians traveled west last Friday night to take on a kindred team which just happened to be named Warriors.
Both Byhalia and Senatobia had identical 3-1 records going into their first 4A contest with district implications this season.
Senatobia elected to receive first and had to punt to the visitors after three. The kick sailed to the 18-yard line of Byhalia. A couple of rush attempts and Byhalia also had to punt. The ball was fielded by Kentrell Bowen and the wide receiver weaved his way through heavy Indian traffic and went in standing up. After the extra point was booted, the Warriors had made the first strike and led 7-0.
Devonte Norman received the kick for Byhalia but a subsequent fumble, which was recovered by the Indians, cost them valuable yards. They lost another 3 yards on a third and 8 and had to punt. It was a good Byhalia punt which put the Warriors at their own 30. Too much ground to make up, Senatobia went four and out.
However, the Indians had not got the kinks out of their own offense. Another good punt was downed at the 25. But Senatobia’s Dex Herrington stepped into the pocket and hit Bowen with a long bomb. The flanker had beaten all of the Indian coverage an d went in again standing up. The kick made it 14-0 for the hosts with two minutes still remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Jeremy Sessom picked up a first down for Byhalia. They were within striking but fumbled the ball. The quarter ended with the score still 14-0.
When Senatobia got the ball back, Herrington saw Bowen out in the flats alone and threw for a first at the 22.The next play saw the QB in serious trouble, he was being pursued in his backfield by a trio of Indians. Somehow, before being hit, he heaved the pigskin to Quinitavius Burdette, who dove into the end zone. The extra-point try failed, but the Warriors were ahead 20-0.
Byhalia began using rushes over center. Randy Holt got a first for the Indians. Then Patrick Malone hit Tavarus Neal for another at the 35. The Indians fumbled twice but recovered both, however, the ball went over on downs.
The Indians did catch a break. Josh Garrett broke away for a TD run but it was called back because of holding on the Warriors. They then punted a touchback. Byhalia was on the move again when Malone was picked. The Warriors didn’t have any luck either and the half ended 20-0.
The Warriors scored again in first moments of second half but didn’t convert the extra point. Byhalia was still having trouble trying to solve the Senatobia offense. The Warriors would strike again before the end of the third quarter, this time booting the extra point for a 33-0 mark.
The Indians picked up a first down by Sessom. Although the Warriors had run in all fresh players, the Indians could not put together a series that clicked. They were back up into their own end zone twice and left the Warriors with good field position. They held and prevented any further scoring by the hosts but time ran out before they could get on the board. The game ended 33-0.
In announcing Jeremy Sessom as the team’s most valuable player of the game, head coach Markeith Washington said, “He really mixed it up out there. He had a bunch of open field individual tackles, as well as a great offensive effort.”
Washington said he knew the Warriors were going to be a tough contest.
“We figured that Senatobia and Lafayette would be our biggest tests,” he said.
The Byhalia Indians host the highly-ranked Commodores this Friday evening at 7:30.
“They’re big and huge and tall and tough,” Washington said.
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