Thursday, September 8, 2011
Indians lose to 5A Mustangs; Holly High next
By BARRY BURLESON
Markeith Washington wants to toughen up his Byhalia football team in pre-district competition.
Friday night the Class 3A Indians took it on the chin, 42-7, to Class 5A Center Hill.
“We have to challenge our guys before district play,” Coach Washington said. “Center Hill was big and strong. Games like this help us ready for 3A.”
Byhalia beat 4A Tishomingo County in week one and lost to 4A Senatobia in week two.
“The early portion of our schedule will give us a picture of where we are as a team and where we need to make corrections,” he said.
Byhalia’s only touchdown last week at home came on Andrey Collins’ 19-yard run in the second quarter. Juan Hernandez kicked the extra point.
The Mustangs led 21-7 at the half. Their first-half scores came on Richard Hampton’s 19-yard run, Curderion Hampton’s 5-yard carry and quarterback Jacob Marsh’s 26-yard pass to Brandon Houston. Boone Frederick kicked three extra points.
Center Hill padded its lead with 14 more points in the third quarter. Richard Hampton ran 3 yards for a touchdown. Justin McDonald snagged a 9-yard pass from Marsh. Frederick was again successful on the kicks after the touchdowns.
In the final quarter, Jabari Wright of the Mustangs scored on a 13-yard run and Frederick added his sixth extra point of the evening.
For Byhalia, Collins carried 15 times for 114 yards, Devonte Norman 11 times for 95 yards and Demetrius Milam six times for 36 yards.
“We are going to stick with our plan (running the football),” Washington said.
This Friday night the Indians (1-2) face a fellow 3A school and their cross-county rivals, the Holly Springs Hawks (0-3). The non-district contest will be played at Sam Coopwood Park.
“We are looking forward to getting into 3A action and we are excited about going to Holly Springs for a rival game,” he said.
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