Thursday, October 21, 2010
Center Hill ‘pounds’ Byhalia in district game
By BARRY BURLESON
Markeith Washington said his Byhalia Indians simply played a “stronger team” Friday night.
“They pounded us and pounded us,” the coach said. “But my guys did not quit.
“We’re trying to fight through a lot of injuries. We’re getting some guys back. In the meantime a lot of our guys are getting experience, and we’re excited about that.”
The Indians, playing at home, fell 37-8 to the Center Hill Mustangs in a Region 2-4A contest. Byhalia’s record dropped to 3-6 overall and 0-5 in the district.
“The guys are staying positive,” Coach Washington said. “Hopefully we can pull out these last two and finish strong.”
The Indians will play their last home game this Friday at 7 p.m. against non-district opponent Montgomery County. They then travel to district foe North Panola Friday, Oct. 29, to end the season.
Last Friday, Center Hill led 23-0 at the half and increased its lead to 37-0 before Byhalia managed a late score to avoid the shutout.
The Mustangs opened the scoring on a 36-yard pass from Jacob Marsh to Brandon Houston. Boone Frederick kicked the first of his five extra points on the evening.
In the second quarter, Center Hill’s A.J. Bowen recorded a safety, Justin Givens scored on a 1-yard plunge and Robert Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run.
The visitors iced the win with two touchdowns in the third period - one on Richard Hampton’s 3-yard carry and the other on an 11-yard pass from Tyler Brasel to Daniel Wiley.
Byhalia got its late score when Andrey Collins snagged a 14-yard scoring toss from Markeise Rodgers. Devonte Norman carried for the two-point conversion.
Coach Washington named the team’s star player, Pat Malone, as the most valuable player for the game.
“He always has a good game,” Washington said.
Rodgers, a ninth grader stepping into the varsity quarterback position, threw for more than 100 yards.
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