Thursday, September 15, 2011
Cardinals score 16 in fourth for victory
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp survived what its head coach, Shane Stone, called “a roller coaster ride for a little bit” Friday night.
A wild fourth quarter saw the Cardinals lose the lead and then bounce back quickly for a 32-19 win over Strayhorn in a game played at Byhalia High School. They raised their season record to 3-1.
“Strayhorn came up with a big interception and went ahead and we came right back and regained the lead on our first play,” Stone said. “It would have been easy to put our heads down, but we responded, and I was proud. That will help us on down the road if we’re in that situation again.”
Potts Camp led 16-6 entering the final quarter.
The Mustangs cut it to 16-13 on Greg Caston’s 2-yard touchdown and an extra-point kick.
The Cards had a good drive going, reaching about the Strayhorn 20, when Caston picked off a pass and returned it 75 yards for a score.
“He made a good play and he’s the tailback, the fastest guy on their team,” Stone said.
The extra-point try was no good. Potts Camp suddenly trailed 19-16.
Just a few seconds later, Ben Bolden launched a bomb for Brantley Harris, who made an “unbelievable catch and run,” Stone said. The 71-yard connection put the Cardinals back in front for good. Bolden threw to Deundra Payne for the two-point conversion.
Harris halted any hopes of a Strayhorn comeback when he intercepted a pass on the Mustangs’ next possession and returned it to the 10-yard line of the opposition.
Bolden closed out the scoring with a 1-yard run. Jamarquis Foster carried for the two and the 13-point victory.
“Our mistakes made it tougher on us,” Stone said. “We just didn’t play real sharp at times – a lot of penalties. We shot ourselves in the foot.
“I thought our defense played well in a very physical game up front. Strayhorn has some big guys. Also, our pass defense was much better. They tried to throw, but not with a lot of success.”
In the first quarter Strayhorn went up 6-0 on Caston’s 18-yard run to the end zone. The kick failed.
Also in the first, Harris caught a 30-yard toss from Bolden. Foster rushed for the two-point conversion. The Cards led 8-6.
Potts Camp gave itself a 10-point halftime advantage in the second quarter when Harris reeled in an 8-yard scoring toss from Bolden. Jarvis Jones ran for the two.
There was no scoring in the third quarter.
Harris had three touchdown catches and three interceptions in the win.
“That doesn’t happen very often,” Coach Stone said. “He had a special night.”
The Cardinals will host another group of Mustangs this Friday when they play Mantachie (2-2) at 7:30 p.m. at Byhalia High School. Mantachie is coming off a 31-6 win over Union County.
Following the Mantachie game, Potts Camp has road games at Rossville Academy (Tenn.), Middleton (Tenn.) and Immanuel Christian (in Steens, near Columbus).
The Cardinals have home games October 14 versus Union County and October 21 versus Marshall Academy and they’re hoping their new field will be ready for those contests.
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