Thursday, August 25, 2011
Byhalia blisters Braves
By CLAUDE VINSON
Markeith Washington, head coach of the Byhalia Indians, said he and the Indians hadn’t planned on giving the visiting Tishomingo County Braves much of a chance.
“As has been the philosophy for this season’s team during practice and pre-season – pound the ball on the ground,” he said. “Through the middle and around both ends, we are a running team.”
That mantra came full force last Friday night in Indian Territory when Byhalia took the deferment from the Braves and went right to work. Tishomingo won the toss but opted for defense. That gave the Indians their first stab at attacking from the ground. And attack they did. Andrey Collins took a handoff from scrimmage and outpaced the field, reaching the end zone for the first six for the Indians. Devonte Norman tacked on the extra two with a short burst.
Norman would go on to log 157 yards rushing and score four more two pointers over the course of the game. He carried 17 times. This probably is a concrete testament as to why his jersey reads number “1.”
Byhalia did not give the Warriors a glimpse of their goal in the first quarter, kept the visitors out of the end zone and racked up a score of 24-0.
Coach Washington, talking about the opening quarter shutout, said, “You could clearly see how these kids were accepting the offensive format. They didn’t let up. They had already defeated a tough competitor (Rosa Fort) in a pre-season jamboree.”
The Indians scored once more before halftime to make the score 30-0.
The Indians allowed the Warriors to take eight points in each of the final quarters. The Indians came back and scored two more in the fourth to push their game total to 46-16.
Collins rushed for 153 yards on 11 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Demetrius Milam carried for six times and one touchdown. Markeise Rodgers carried three times for 16 yards and a TD. Jarett Rayford picked up a TD on a 1-yard carry. The offense amassed 457 yards on 47 carries.
It was not all on the offense. There were defensive highlights as well. Cordell Anderson had 10 solo tackles and Jamal Danley had a trio of sacks. DeAndre Buchanan picked off two Brave aerials, returning one for 47 yards.
Coach Washington named Devonte Norman as the game’s most valuable player. Not only was his praise for Norman and his teammates, he threw out copious accolades for his assistants.
“They have really worked hard in selling this ‘ground attack’ to all our players,” he said. “I just can’t thank them enough. And we had three touchdowns that were called back”
The Indians will hit the road this Friday night to face the Senatobia Warriors.
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