Thursday, September 23, 2010
Lions win 60-0
By BARRY BURLESON
The first-year H.W. Byers varsity football team got its first taste of victory Friday night in game four of the season.
Coach James Kimbrough’s Lions clobbered Jumpertown 60-0.
“It’s just a start,” said Kimbrough, who has led the revival of football at the Marshall County school. “We knew we could have success. We had some tough opponents to start the season but it’s the only way to build a program, even though you might take some losses. The kids get better playing tough competition.”
Byers stormed to a 44-0 lead at the half.
Dominic Jones got the scoring show started with touchdown runs of 20 and 5 yards. He also had a 30-yard touchdown carry in the game.
Trelorenz Stephens had two touchdowns - one on a 8-yard run and another on a 49-yard punt return.
Also reaching the end zone were Quantario Stigger (10-yard sweep), Ladarrious Jones (15-yard run) and Courtney Fitzpatrick (40-yard pass reception).
Stephens cashed in a couple of two-point conversions and Ronnie Dennis added a two-pointer.
“We did not punt the ball a single time,” Kimbrough said. “We were able to move the ball consistently on offense.”
The coach named Dominic Jones the team’s most valuable player in the game.
“He scored three touchdowns and played very good on defense at inside linebacker,” Kimbrough said.
The Byers defense, as a whole, was up to the task, versus Jumpertown - earning the shutout.
“We changed up some schemes on defense, and they worked out well,” Kimbrough said.
The win was also special because it came on homecoming - a special night for the community and former coaches and players of the H.W. Byers/Sandflat football program.
“The win meant a lot for the kids,” Coach Kimbrough said. “They were excited about homecoming.
“We’re getting better every game. It’s a process.”
Next up is Marshall County rival Potts Camp, playing a junior varsity schedule in hopes of stepping up to the varsity level next year. The Cardinals are 3-0.
“Holly Springs and Byhalia are the big Marshall County Super Bowl, and I guess us and Potts Camp are the small school Super Bowl,” Kimbrough said. “It’s good so much attention is being put on football in our county.”
The two teams meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Byers. A junior high game starts the action at 5:30 p.m.
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