Thursday, September 9, 2010
County rivals collide
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia turned to its ground game in the second half Friday night and rolled over rival Holly Springs.
The Indians, playing on their home field, stretched an 8-0 halftime advantage to a 32-0 win. They upped their record to 3-0. The Hawks dropped to 1-1.
“I told my assistant coaches at halftime, ‘we’re bigger and stronger,’” said Markeith Washington, head coach of the Class 4A Indians. “So we just ran the ball directly at them in the second half. That’s it; no secrets. We just wore them down.
“We played to our strength. If we’re going to be a playoff team, we have to be able to run the ball.”
Marcus Autry, head coach of the Class 3A Hawks, agreed with Washington’s assessment.
“We played them pretty good for one half,” Autry said. “But they wore us down. I know they’ve committed themselves to the weight room and also gotten their numbers up. They wore us down.
“They were rotating running backs, and it’s hard to stop all three when they’re fresh. Our guys were playing on both sides of the ball.
“Byhalia is a good football team.”
Running back Devonte Norman led the Byhalia offense. He carried nine times for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
Terence Phinisee had 10 carries for 73 yards.
Quarterback Markez Saulsberry was seven of 16 passing for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Andrey Collins had 92 all-purpose yards, including a touchdown catch.
“Offensively, I thought we did a real good job,” Coach Washington said. “Holly Springs is trying to build a program, and I have a lot of respect for them. They’re a class act.
“I thought we took care of business, and it’s another step forward for us. We want teams to know when they come to Byhalia they’re going to have a fight on their hands.”
He named offensive lineman Jamal Danley the most valuable player for the game.
“We we need big plays, we know we can run behind him, and that is what we did in the second half,” Washington said.
The Indian defense also played well – getting the shutout.
Leading the way was Terrico Myers with 12 tackles and a sack. Reginald Richmond had 10 tackles and two sacks, while DeAndre Sanders had nine tackles and Cordell Anderson six.
Coach Autry selected a lineman, too, as the Holly High MVP. He said James Williams had an excellent game, particularly on offense.
The Indians go to Westwood, Tenn., this Friday night before opening up district play the following Friday, Sept. 17, at home versus Senatobia.
The Hawks host Tunica Rosa Fort in a non-district clash.
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