Thursday, September 1, 2011
Byers drops road game to Mustangs
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions left the lair and went to Strayhorn last Friday night for their first road game of the season.
They won the toss and had first possession but had to give it up on downs. The Byers defense made an early stand and forced the hosts to punt away on their first time over the ball.
The Byers offense had trouble again and was forced to go to punt formation. The attempt was blocked by a blitzing Strayhorn defense. The Mustangs scored on the possession and also booted the extra point to take the early lead 7-0.
The rest of the first quarter was pretty much a defensive stalemate. The first quarter ended 7-0.
The Lions defense was still holding its own in the second quarter and Quantario Stigger picked off a Strayhorn aerial and returned it for 15 yards before he was brought down. The Byers offense took over and scored on a 25-yard run by Marquis Moore. The Lions tried a two-pointer but failed. The time expired in the second quarter with a score of 7-6.
The offense began making strides in the early part of the third. Trelorenz Stephen caught a scoring strike from Chance Lykens but the touchdown was nullified by a penalty. The Lions had to punt away and the third quarter evolved into a defensive standoff. The score was still close at 7-6.
Stephen took a handoff in the fourth and trucked it for a strike but had it wiped away by an illegal formation call.
The Byers defense held the opposition in check until the last three minutes of the fourth. Strayhorn scored and booted the extra point to take the lead for good at 14-6. Their second score, like the first, came as a result of a blocked Lions’ punt.
James Kimbrough, head coach of the Lions, said, “It was a good game. We played hard. Chance (Lykens) went for three and a half quarters (at quarterback) and he is gaining experience.
“Our defense had a great game. In addition to the two interceptions, we also forced a pair of fumbles.”
The coach said the team will continue to work on offense and special teams production. He named Stigger as the game’s most valuable player.
The Lions (0-2) will host their first division contest on Friday night, September 2, versus Smithville. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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