Thursday, August 25, 2011
County rivals collide
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Potts Camp Cardinals got their inaugural varsity football season off to a great start with a surprising romp over county rival H.W. Byers.
This was a “home game” for the Cards, who had to change the venue to H.W. Byers because their home field was not ready for opening day. Potts Camp revived football at the school in 2009 and Byers in 2008.
The Cardinals had the ball first and Jordan Harris fielded the kick and returned it to the 36. The Lions were flagged for a face-mask penalty and the pigskin was moved to the 41. Jamarquis Foster got the call and took it 5 yards for six. Signal caller Ben Bolden drilled a pass to Zack Mayer, all alone for the two-pointer. With less than two minutes gone in the first, it was 8-0.
Potts Camp’s kick went straight to Trelorenz Stephen. The running back broke to the right side, cut back once and then left the field behind as he galloped about 85 yards to go in standing up. Dominic Jones took a direct snap and scored the deuce on a straight buck up the middle, making it a tie contest at 8-8.
After the kick, the Lions’ defense held for two downs and then committed back-to-back face-mask infractions to give the Cardinals good field position. Potts Camp was hitting the mid-section but it wasn’t soft. P.C. got another chance on an offside call on the Lions on fourth down. The Cardinals took a timeout and came back with a direct snap to J. Harris for a first down. Bolden tossed to Brantley Harris for no gain. Bolden came right back and split the defense with an 11-yard aerial to Foster for six. The extra-point try failed but P.C. went up 14-8.
Chinks were beginning to show in the Lions’ armor. They had a punt attempt blocked into the hands of the punter which gave P.C the ball on the Lions’ 35. The Cardinals had to punt and the quarter ended 14-8.
Early in the second, Byers lost back to the 5 and then fumbled after a broken play. Potts Camp had good position at the 12. The Cardinals benefitted from a roughing the passer, but Stephen put a solid hit on B. Harris, averting a sure TD. Byers took over on downs but suffered a safety a play later to put P.C. ahead at 16-8. Byers was tagged with another safety just before the half. The Lions made an interception but fumbled back to P.C. The half ended 18-8.
The Cardinals opened the third quarter with a successful onside kick and scored swiftly on J. Harris’ 3-yard run. Foster added the two-point conversion, making the Cardinal lead 26-8. Cramps and injuries took players out of the line up and the third quarter ended 26-8.
The Cardinals scored, on J. Harris’ 1-yard run, after taking the ball on the 4 but they didn’t convert the two. It was 32-8 with time running out for Byers.
Byers had a long run for a TD called back for holding and personal foul (unsportsmanlike). The Cardinals added eight more – B. Harris’ 10-yard catch from Bolden and Foster’s two-point run – to finish the game 40-8.
“We played hard,” coach Shane Stone said. “Our guys wanted it.”
James Kimbrough, coach at Byers, said Potts Camp was well-prepared and wore his squad down with a big offensive line.
“They came to beat us and had a good game plan,” Kimbrough said. “They kept the ball away from us.”
Next for the Cardinals will be big school Desoto Central this Friday in a road game and Byers will travel to Strayhorn on that same date, August 26.
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