Thursday, October 14, 2010
Jr. high Indians snatch close win
By BARRY BURLESON
The junior high clash Thursday night between county rivals Byhalia and Potts Camp was a back-and-forth thriller.
The Indians foiled the Cardinals’ two-point try in the fourth quarter and one minute later celebrated a 24-22 win.
Potts Camp, playing on the road, struck first with 43 seconds to go in the first quarter. After Jarvis Jones’ 24-yard carry, quarterback Jordan Harris darted 20 yards for the touchdown and also ran for the two-point conversion.
The Indians answered just three plays later. Quarterback Kennen Jones dashed 82 yards down the sideline for six points. He also carried for the two. It was 8-8 with 6:56 left in the second period.
After the two teams swapped punts, Potts Camp drove 70 yards in just six plays. Harris performed touchdown honors again, this time from 16 yards out, and he also added the two.
The Cardinals carried a 16-8 lead to the halftime recess.
Jamarcus Beason of Byhalia recovered Potts Camp’s onside kick attempt to start the second half, and the Indians marched 52 yards in eight plays to tie the game again. The workhorse on the drive was Jailon Jones. He scored on a 3-yard plunge and also cashed in the two-point conversion.
The Byhalia defense stopped Potts Camp on a fourth and eight late in the third quarter.
The Indians then traveled 55 yards in 10 plays to take the lead for good. Jailon Jones opened the possession with a 25-yard run. Kennen Jones finished it with a 6-yard keeper for the touchdown. Kavarius Johnson carried for the two. Byhalia led 24-16 with 3:01 to go in the contest.
The two teams traded fumbles – the latter giving Potts Camp a first and 10 at its own 45 with 1:46 left.
The Cardinals scored in just 36 seconds. Caleb Smith got loose for a 34-yard gain to the Byhalia 14. Harris scored on a 1-yard keeper at the 1:10 mark.
Next came the all-important conversion with a chance to tie. The Cardinals were whistled for illegal procedure and were forced to attempt the two from the 7-yard line. Their pass try fell incomplete.
The Indians’ Malik Steele recovered an ensuing onside kick by the Cards, but the Byhalia offense could not run out the clock.
Potts Camp, utilizing its timeouts, actually got the ball back on its own 30 with 23 seconds left, but the Byhalia defense stood tall to ignite the victory celebration.
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