Thursday, September 1, 2011
Cardinals fight hard versus 6A Jags
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp had 30 players on its sideline Friday night. DeSoto Central had 75.
But the Class 2A school from Marshall County held its own against the 6A Jaguars in a 42-14 road loss.
The Cardinals trailed 28-14 until midway through the fourth quarter.
“Our guys never quit,” coach Shane Stone said. “I am so proud of them. They laid it all on the line.”
He said at one point lineman Kody Joyner came to the sideline and said, “Coach, there’s a new guy in front of me every three plays.”
“They ran guys in and out,” Stone said, “and wore us down.”
Brantley Harris had both of Potts Camp’s touchdowns. He darted 52 yards to the end zone on a reverse in the second quarter and later caught a 28-yard pass from quarterback Ben Bolden for another score. Jordon Harris cashed in a two-point conversion after the second touchdown.
Brantley Harris also had an interception on defense and “was in on several tackles,” Coach Stone said.
He said his entire team showed a lot of heart.
“My guys kept battling all night,” Stone said. “I think we out-hit them. We were more physical. They knew we were there. They knew that had a fight on their hands, and I’m proud of that fact.
“We have nothing to hang our heads about. This game will help us down the road.”
He said following the game, the DeSoto Central coaches praised the Cardinals’ effort.
“They spoke highly of our guys and how hard they played,” Stone said. “They said we are doing a good job at Potts Camp of building a football program.”
It was a new experience for his third-year football program, playing a much larger school in one of the nicest high school stadiums around.
“It was a positive experience,” Stone said. “They had a large crowd, and we had a good turnout for our small school.”
Potts Camp, 1-1 on the young season, will play Thursday night football this week. The Cardinals will host Benton County at 7:30 p.m. September 1 in a home game at Sam Coopwood Park in Holly Springs. The Cardinals’ new field remains under construction.
The Buccaneers, in their first season, lost to the Tishomingo County junior varsity 16-12 last week.
“They’re similar to us numbers-wise,” Coach Stone said. “They have good athletes. They’re like us a few years ago – just learning the game.”
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