Thursday, September 8, 2011
Cardinals blank Bucs
By CLAUDE VINSON
The brand new and latest entry to the football wars in the bi-county area played its inaugural varsity game in Marshall County last Thursday night.
The Benton County Buccaneers’ contest versus Potts Camp, which had been scheduled for Sam Coopwood Park in Holly Springs, was changed the day before to the H.W. Byers field.
Benton County had begun its history-making season a week earlier with a 16-12 loss to the Tishomingo County junior varsity squad.
The Buccaneers had first possession versus the Cardinals September 1 and their receiver was stuffed almost immediately after contact. The Potts Camp Cardinals took over after the Bucs punted short. Ben Bolden and Brantley Harris hooked up for what could have gone down as a perfect play but was called back because of an illegal procedure call. A good run put the Cards on the 4-yard line. Jordon Harris took it in from there with a handoff from Bolden. The conversion try was no good and the score stood 6-0.
The Bucs ran out of downs on their second try with the pigskin but got off a much better punt. On an ensuing play Justin Washington burst through the P.C. line and threw the quarterback for a huge loss, sacking him at the 45. The Cards couldn’t make up the deficit and had to punt.
The Bucs gained 5 yards and then stalled. They were facing a fourth and 5 when the quarter ended on the 6-0 score. They were still struggling after the change in directions and had to punt away. But the football gods smiled moments later as Washington sailed through and caused a fumble which gave the ball back to Benton County at midfield. The Buccaneers used up all of their downs, going for it on a fourth and long. They were stopped and turned it over at the P.C. 45.
A couple of big plays by Potts Camp were nullified by flags. Jamarquis Foster gave the Cards a second first down and then practically walked in for the score from 7 yards out. Bolden capped it with a two on a quarterback keeper to make it 14-0.
The Bucs were pushed back into their own end zone and suffered a safety with about six minutes left in the half.
After the free kick, the Cards set up and made a quick handoff to Foster, who went to the outside and didn’t slow up until he reached pay dirt from 52 yards away. A pass try for two fell incomplete.
Potts Camp added another TD and two before halftime to up the tally to 30-0. Deundra Payne caught an 8-yard scoring toss from Bolden, and Randy Love snagged the conversion.
The Cards began subbing in the third and went on to score twice more – first on Corinthian Echols’ 1-yard run and then on Jarvis Jones’ 9-yard carry. They failed to convert after the first one but added two following the second, on Hunter Snow’s carry, to make the score 44-0.
Jordan Harris took over as signal caller for P.C. in the fourth quarter and got the team down to the red zone before it went out on downs.
The Bucs would have one last drive before the final horn sounded to send this one into the annals at 44-0.
Coach Shane Stone named Echols as Potts Camp’s most valuable player for the game. He rushed for 70 yards, and on defense he had five tackles, three sacks and one tackle for loss.
The Cardinals (2-1) will play Strayhorn this Friday night at Byhalia High School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Sports Editor’s Note – The South Reporter would like to welcome head coach Jim Risen and his Benton County Buccaneers to the area football arena. The Bucs’ players roster has an inscription which reads – “This football team is the product of hard work, dedication, and commitment made possible through the combined efforts of the students, parents, faculty and staff of Ashland and Hickory Flat Schools from Benton County.”
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