Thursday, October 1, 2009
Indians fall to ’Dores
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians continued their district play last Friday evening with a home game against the once-beaten Commodores of Lafayette County.
The visitors elected to receive and went to work after the kickoff with a rangy, 235-lb. sophomore quarterback calling the signals. Six feet two inches tall, Jeremy Liggins made a very visible target, however, he and one of his two setbacks, Dominic Price, were hard to stop. They rushed practically the length of the field, being helped in part by an Indian face-mask penalty at the end of one play. Liggins then called a keeper and weaved his way into the end zone. After the Tyler Jackson kick the score was 7-0. The Commodores had used less than two minutes on the drive.
Andre Collins took the kick for the Indians, returning for good yardage. With Dustin Smith running the Byhalia offense, Collins took one in the flat, got a favorable flag from the officials and a first down at the 30. Another 5 yards and the Indians were inside the red zone.
Going on a fourth and inches at the 13, an inadvertent whistle stopped play and killed the Byhalia momentum. It also drew the ire of the Indian staff. The ball went over on downs but the Indians caught two successive breaks, backing the Commodores up each time. Then Reggie Richmond blew through the Commodore line and sacked Liggins deep in the backfield. The punt put the Indians on the 16-yard line.
Byhalia failed to advance and went three and out. Lafayette was still using its ground game and a mix-up in the backfield put the pigskin on the turf. An alert Chris Brown recovered for the Indians. But Patrick Malone, now under center, was picked off on a play-action throw and the ball was right back in the hands of the Commodores, namely Liggins and Price. Two plays later and the score was 14-0. There was still a little over a minute left in the first quarter.
Byhalia moved the chains on a quick hitter over center to Tavaris Neal. Malone came right back to Neal and picked up another first. Malone then beat the blitz and threw successfully to Randy Holt at the 25. The quarter ended and score was still 14-0. After the change of direction, Malone scrambled out of the backfield and placed the ball on the 15. The Indians tried for it on a fourth and one. The pass fell incomplete and Byhalia was denied a second time in the red zone.
The Commodores decided to air it out. After an illegal procedure call, Richmond covered a fumble in the backfield, giving Byhalia excellent field position at the 21. Neal caught a pass at the 14 and made another grab, inches shy of a first. The Indians tried to force it on short yardage but were denied a third time. Richmond and Kelvin Wilson were doing a good job of harassing the ground game. Lafayette went to the air again, tacking on seven more before the half expired. 21-0.
Holt fielded a kick to open third, made a good return but the Indians still went three and out. The Commodores used their passing game to score three more times in the third. A sure TD was thwarted by Pedro Hawk when he ran down Demarkus Dennis in open field. Tyler Jackson kicked all seven extra points for the Commodores. At three completed quarters, it was Lafayette with a score of 49-0.
The fourth quarter was a defensive standoff. Byhalia didn’t allow any more Commodore points but they failed to reach the end zone.
Head coach Markeith Washington named Holt as the MVP of the game, citing his overall play on rushes and kick and punt returns.
The Commodores’ only loss this season is to Itawamba AHS. Byhalia is 3-3 overall and 0-2 in district play.
The Indians will travel to Tunica to meet Rosa Fort in another district game this Friday. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
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