Thursday, October 6, 2011
Byers routs Eagles
By BARRY BURLESON
H.W. Byers clicked on all cylinders Friday night at Tupelo Christian.
The Lions exploded for almost 600 yards of total offense in a 50-6 rout of the Eagles, a Region 1-1A opponent.
“We had some early turnovers but we bounced back and put together a big night offensively,” coach James Kimbrough said. “We’ve been working on getting rid of all the miscues. We went out and executed.”
Marquis Moore had 21 carries for 171 yards and Trelorenz Stephen 15 for 167. Quarterback Anthony Rubin kept the ball 10 times for 127 yards and passed for another 115 yards.
Byers evened its district mark at 2-2 and went to 2-4 overall. It’s the Lions’ first year to compete for a playoff spot.
“Every game we play in our division is a playoff game,” Kimbrough said. “That’s what we have challenged our kids with.
“Our goal is to make the playoffs, but they’re all like the playoffs right now.”
The Lions led 22-6 at the half.
Stephen scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and a 92-yard in the second period. Moore added a 52-yard carry to the end zone in the second. Moore and Stephen had two-point conversions in the first half.
The Eagles’ only points came late in the second quarter on a 53-yard pass play.
In the third quarter, Byers really started rolling. Rubin scored on a 2-yard plunge. Moore got loose and traveled 65 yards for six points on a punt return. Then Rubin and Stephens connected on a 76-yard pass play for a touchdown. One two-point try was successful, a catch by Courtney Fitzpatrick. The lead was quickly 42-6.
In the fourth quarter, Dominic Jones crossed the goal-line from 2 yards out. Moore ran for the two-pointer.
The Lions had 464 yards rushing and 115 passing for a total of 579.
“We’re still getting healthy,” Kimbrough said, “but we’re playing some good football right now.”
The H.W. Byers defense was up to the task Friday night, too. The Lions limited Tupelo Christian to just 150 yards of total offense. Ronnie Dennis and Telvin Moore had two and a half sacks each. Terrance Jones had an interception.
“They (the Eagles) had beaten us the last two years,” Kimbrough said. “We looked at a lot of film, and really had a good defensive game plan.
“We avoided doing things that allowed them to beat us in the past. We did not get out of our lanes on defense. We did a good job of keeping everything in front of us.”
The Lions step out of district play this Friday to host Benton County at 7 p.m.
Then the push in hopes of reaching the playoffs resumes October 13 at Thrasher. The top four teams from the district go to the post-season party.
“We control our own destiny,” Kimbrough said. “The kids believe they can do it. It’s our first year in a district and we were picked to finish last, and that’s a great motivator for us.”
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