Thursday, September 30, 2010
Top-ranked ’Dores too much for Indians
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia was simply no match Friday night for unbeaten Lafayette, ranked number one in the state in Class 4A.
The Indians saw their district mark go to 0-2 and their overall record fall to 3-3 after a 52-0 loss to the high-flying Commodores.
“We were literally out-manned, out-weight-roomed, out-everything,” said head coach Markeith Washington. “Their defensive line overpowered our offensive line. They were just so much stronger than us.
“We could not getting anything going offensively. It was three and out, three and out, three and out.
“Defensively, I saw some bright spots, but in due time, they just wore us down.”
Lafayette quarterback Jeremy Liggins threw three touchdown passes to put the home team up 21-0. The first was to Brandon Mack for 18 yards, the second to D.K. Buford for 8 yards and the next anther to Mack for 13 yards. Tyler Jackson hit all three extra-point kicks.
Jackson then hit a 30-yard field goal to put Lafayette up 24-0 in the second quarter.
The Commodores increased that lead to 38-0 at the half, thanks to touchdown runs of 2 and 26 yards by Damarkus Dennis and two more successful point-after kicks by Jackson.
Dennis added a 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter and a 14-yard touchdown carry in the fourth. Jackson finished off a seven-for-seven night on extra points.
The Indians’ top defensive players in the game were Reggie Richmond with 13 tackles and two sacks and Curtis Akins with 12 tackles and two sacks.
Byhalia returns home this Friday night to host another district foe, Rosa Fort. The Lions lost their first game of the season last week, 15-12 to Center Hill.
“We’re battling the injury bug, too” Coach Washington said. “We’re missing five seniors and a couple of linemen. We’re patching up, and at the same time, every week we’re facing strong competition.
“We’re proud of our guys. We’re battling. A lot of younger guys are stepping up.”
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