Thursday, September 29, 2011
Lions ‘fight hard’ in loss
By BARRY BURLESON
An out-manned H.W. Byers team had its chance to hang with district opponent Vardaman in the first half Friday night at home.
But the Rams led 12-0 at the break and scored 23 points in the third quarter to batter the Lions 35-0.
“We just can’t make the mistakes we made against a solid team like Vardaman,” coach James Kimbrough said. “I’m proud of my kids. They fought hard.”
In the first half, the Lions dropped a couple of touchdown passes, he said, and fumbled the ball away on the 2-yard line when heading toward the end zone.
“We left so many opportunities out there in the first half,” Kimbrough said.
Vardaman’s first-half scores came on a couple of 1-yard runs by Cody Jenkins. A kick failed and a two-point try was stopped by the Lions.
The Lions took a beating from a bigger, stronger and physical bunch of Rams.
Some Byers starters on just a 19-man roster had to leave the game due to injuries – one being defensive end and fullback Dominic Jones.
“When we reached the 2-yard line, we had a back in there who was not a short yardage back,” Kimbrough said.
“It appears none of our injuries are too serious.”
The Rams put the game away with three touchdowns in the third quarter.
The first came on Lavarris Hatchett’s 10-yard carry. Jenkins ran for the two.
Will Tutor picked off a pass and returned it 50 yards for a score. Hatchett rushed for the two-point conversion.
Jaqwaves Armstrong tallied Vardaman’s last touchdown on a 10-yard run. Dillon Landreth kicked the extra point.
“Vardaman has been a successful football program for a long time,” said Coach Kimbrough, who began Byers’ football program just three years ago. “We played them well in the first half. I think the differences were their size up front and our inexperience. Plus, we made a lot of mistakes.”
The Lions (1-4 on the season) will stay in district competition this Friday when they visit Tupelo Christian for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Eagles are coming off a 14-12 win over Houlka last week.
“The first part of our schedule has been tough,” Coach Kimbrough said, “and I think it has prepared us for the second half of our schedule.
“We still have a shot at the playoffs, and if we could make that happen, it would be great.”
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