Thursday, September 30, 2010
Lions down rival Cardinals
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W Byers Lions got a double jolt of pride last Thursday evening.
First, the junior high Lions defeated the junior Cardinals 52-36 before the Lions and Cardinals did battle with Byers winning it, too.
The Cardinals are not playing a varsity schedule this season; however, one would not know it, just to look at the way they perform. The Cardinals hadn’t lost a game this season. The Lions were coming off of a big 60-0 win over Jumpertown.
The Cardinals had first possession and the first play from the huddle was a completed pass which was fumbled and lost at the end of the run. It gave the Lions great field position. Their third play was an end-around which ended at the two. Trelorenz Stephen made his way into the end zone for six. He used the left side to double up for two and a score of 8-0.
Brantley Harris was leading the Potts Camp offense. He made a hand-off to Jamarquis Foster which went for a first down. A pass interference moved them to the 30. The Cards lost ground on the next play. Harris hit his tight end for good yardage but it was called back. Facing third and very long yardage, Harris used good protection and a good receiver, Foster, to connect on a fake delay which went to the 13. After an incomplete, Harris had to scramble out of the backfield and was brought down at the 9. Penalized, the Cardinals went out on downs after Byers covered all their receivers. The Lions took over on their 14.
Under rushing attack, Christopher Echols unleashed a long one which was just outside the reach of his intended receiver. Trying to operate on a third and 12, the Lions fumbled and an alert Cardinal picked it up and rushed into the end zone. They tied the score on a two-point conversion. It was tied 8-8.
The quarter ended on the Lions’ second play. The Cardinals recovered a Lion fumble at the 30. Harris hit Foster on a crossing slant and he put Potts Camp at the 17. Harris then pitched out to Foster on the next two plays. On the second he went in standing up. They faked the kick but came up short on the two-point attempt. But they took the lead 14-8.
Stephen fielded the kick for Byers and he made a 24-yard return. He came back and picked up a first down. Then Dominic Jones got the call. He went up the middle twice with good gains. Ronnie Dennis was the target for Echols and he got the first down. Ladarrius Jones took a wide flare, shook off would be tacklers and shook the pylon as he evened the score on a 43-yard play. The point-after try failed. It was 14-14 with 3:35 left in the first half.
The Byers defense was attacking in full force. The Lions were correctly anticipating and meeting the ball carriers. Mitchell Wilson, Eric Hunter and Quinton McKinney were getting to and sacking the quarterback. The Byers offense also rose to the occasion after receiving the punt. They scored on a long pass over center to Dennis. They didn’t convert the try for two but were in the lead 20-14.
Potts Camp got the ball back with 35 seconds left in the half. Javeon Allen broke out of the backfield and through the defense to put the Cardinals on the 25. But after an interception, the Lions killed the half with a kneel-down. The score was 20-14. Both teams had completed two quarters of hard-hitting football with very few penalties.
Byers received to start the second half. Echols called his own number and ran to the Potts Camp 42. The Lions went out on a fourth-down gamble. The Cardinals had to punt after three downs. The rest of the third was pretty much a stalemate with both defenses making great stops.
Early in the final quarter, Stephen came out of the backfield on an option right, picked up a pair of key blocks and just outran everybody. This time the two-point try was good. They made it 28-14.
Potts Camp got a break on their punt when the ball was touched by a Lion and covered by a Cardinal deep in Lion country. However, the Cards fumbled on the second play and the Lions recovered. The Cardinals would get one more chance with the ball and the pass was intercepted by L. Jones at the 5. He almost broke it all the way but was finally stopped at the 28 by two defenders. Time expired and the Lions were winners at 28-14.
“The kids played well – the best they’ve played all year,” said James Kimbrough, head coach of the Lions.
The Cardinals (3-1) go to Tupelo Christian Thursday, Sept. 30, for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Lions (2-3), in an addition to the schedule, will play at Okolona this Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
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