Thursday, October 6, 2011
Byhalia Indians suffer district loss
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Indians of Byhalia opened up their run through Region 3-3A foes last Friday night in Charleston against the Tigers.
While the Indians made a good showing, the end results were not exactly what their coach had hoped for.
“Offensively, we matched up well with Charleston and we felt that the game was winnable, however, our defense had lapses,” head coach Markeith Washington said Sunday.
The Indians won the toss and elected to receive. With Markeise Rodgers calling the signals, Byhalia kept the ball for six minutes before they had to punt away. The Tigers worked the ball downfield steadily during their first possession, using a ground attack, eventually scoring with a two-point conversion, making it 8-0.
The Indians took the kickoff and their offense gave them a quick six on a Devonte Norman run, however, the attempt to convert for two and a tie failed. The first quarter ended 8-6.
The Tigers scored early in the second quarter to go up 16-6 after the conversion. Again, the Indians had defensive issues during the drive. The Indians did get back on the board on the following kick. Andrey Collins took the pigskin and galloped 83 yards untouched for the touchdown. This time the Indians capped the score with two points, pulling them closer at 16-14.
The Indians battled the Tigers until the last 25 seconds of the first half when the Tigers used a quarterback sweep around right end for 25 yards and six more. The Indians thwarted the conversion try but the hosts led 22-14 at intermission.
Early in the third, the Indians forced a fumble and covered the ball. Byhalia marched downfield to the 6-yard line and Collins was stripped of the ball at the 3.
Charleston then held the ball and went 96 yards through the Indian defense for another score which made it 30-14.
The Indians took to the air on their next possession and Rodgers connected with Justin Washington for an aerial strike and then sneaked it over on a quarterback keeper for the extra points. The Indians were down by eight at 30-22.
The Tigers went on to get past the Indian defense for 13 more points to make the final score 43-22.
Coach Washington said Byhalia has work to do to get the defense on the same field with the offense.
“The defense just has to toughen up,” he said. “If we make it to the playoffs, that is like starting a new season. We just have to be ready.”
Coach Washington named Justin Washington as the game’s most valuable player.
Byhalia (3-4 overall and 0-1 in the district) will celebrate homecoming next week by hosting the Wildcats of Independence, another district opponent.
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