Thursday, October 13, 2011
Byers blasts Buccaneers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions, coming off of a big road win at Tupelo Christian the week before, returned home Friday to face the Benton County Buccaneers.
The Bucs won the toss and elected to receive. They gained a first down on a quarterback scramble but had to punt away after three unsuccessful downs.
The Lions took the punt and began their ground game. Marquis Moore took a handoff from Anthony Rubin and skirted right end, trucking the pigskin 79 yards for Byers’ first score. Trelorenz Stephen made it 8-0 by running in the two points.
The Buccaneers went three and out on their next possession.
The Lions were still clicking on all cylinders. Rubin wound up and hit Ronnie Dennis on a post route for a 25-yard score. Stephen again provided the deuce to make it 16-0 in the Lions’ favor
Benton County made it to the 50 on its next drive but threw an interception into the hands of Germaine Glass. Rubin then used a fake delay and threw one 46 yards to Stephen, who crossed into the end zone. The Lions failed to convert but the score was 22-0.
The Buccaneers failed to score in the first or second quarters. They went three and out in the top of the second. Byers used its ground game to march down to the 3-yard line. The short screen to Courtney Fitzpatrick for six was capped by a Stephen’s two-point conversion, which made it 30-0.
The Byers defense was still giving the Buccaneers fits. The Bucs had to punt again and the Lions took the ball and scored on a 34-yard pass play to Dennis, which was again added to by the conversion from Stephen. The Lions led 38-0.
Benton County then threw an interception which was returned 20 yards to the midfield stripe. Stephen’s number was called and he took a handoff to a 56-yard trek for another Byers score. He also converted for a 46-0 tally.
It didn’t get any better for the Bucs. They mishandled the kickoff and Byers ended up with the ball. Dominic Jones scored on a 2-yard run. This time Dennis booted the extra point for a 53-0 score at halftime.
The second half found the Bucs still trying to uncork some kind of offense. Meanwhile the Lions would go on to score twice more, a 40-yard strike to Dennis and a 17-yard run by Dominic Jones, with two-point conversions on each to make the final score 69-0.
This was the second week in a row that the Lions had put up big numbers in a game.
Head coach James Kimbrough named Rubin the game’s most valuable player. He threw for five touchdowns.
The coach also praised his defense for keeping the Bucs’ offense stymied all evening.
The Lions’ next game will be an important Region 1-1A clash at Thrasher Friday night. Kickoff time is 7 p.m.
They will be back at the Lions’ Den on October 21 for their homecoming game against Coldwater, another district opponent.
The Lions are 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the district.
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