Thursday, October 15, 2009
Indians turn back Cardinals
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a happy homecoming Thursday night for the Byhalia junior high football team.
The Indians, coached by C.B. McClatchy, knocked off Potts Camp 22-6. Coach Shane Stone’s Cardinals are playing the school’s first football schedule in some 70 years.
Byhalia got on the scoreboard first with 51 seconds left in the opening quarter. Jailon Jones scored on a 1-yard plunge. Devin Tipler ran for the two-point conversion.
Potts Camp answered just 20 seconds later. Jordan Harris scored the Cardinals’ first touchdown of this new era of football. He found a hole up the middle, cut left and dashed 70 yards to the end zone. A try-for-two failed.
The Indians led 8-6 at the end of the first period.
Lavandrick Smith of Byhalia recovered a Potts Camp fumble but the Indian offense could not produce points.
Then on the Cardinals’ next possession, Byhalia’s Latavius Golden intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. Golden also added the two-point conversion with 2:28 left in the second quarter.
That 16-6 score held until halftime.
The teams swapped possessions to open the third period.
Byhalia put together a drive that reached the Potts Camp 4-yard line. A fumble there was recovered by Gerdarius Johnson of the Cardinals.
A few plays later Harris got loose and raced 77 yards before being caught from behind at the Indian 3-yard line.
A penalty and a sack from the Byhalia defense pushed the Cardinals backward and they were unable to score.
The Indians (2-3) then iced the win with a successful drive late in the fourth quarter. It was capped by Tipler’s 55-yard scoring run. A conversion try failed.
Time ran out on the Cardinals as they tried to put up additional points.
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