Thursday, October 20, 2011
Byhalia Indians drop important road game to Winona Tigers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians were on the road south last Friday to contest the Winona Tigers in a game which carried some significance in the Region 3, District 2, 3A race for both teams.
The winner would hold to the second seed for the upcoming playoffs in that district with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Tigers won the toss and elected to receive. They marched the ball down to the Indians’ 30 yard line. The Byhalia defense made them cough up the ball, which the visitors recovered. Byhalia then used its ground game to make it to the Tiger 40 but had to punt when the offense stalled.
The Winona special team returned the punt for the first score of the game and tacked on an extra point to take the early lead 7-0. That score held up for the duration of the first quarter.
The Indians again went out on downs in the second quarter. Winona took a punt from the Indians at the 20 and eventually worked it into a second scoring strike to go up 13-0.
Byhalia’s offense started to click and Andrey Collins broke a long run (73 yards) for an Indians’ score. They didn’t convert. Their kicker was out of the state on a family emergency.
The first half ended with the hosts leading 13-6.
Head coach Markeith Washington said the third quarter was a total disaster for his Indians.
“We made the necessary adjustments during the intermission, but nothing seemed to work in our favor,” he said. “The offense and defense both appeared to be completely out of sync. We couldn’t make any effective progress and didn’t score the remainder of the game. We feel that we could have done a lot better.
“We are not taking anything away from Winona. They have a good team. They played Aberdeen for the 3A north championship last season.”
The Tigers went on to score 27 unanswered points the rest of the game for a final score of 40-6.
The Indian quarterback, Markeise Rodgers, completed three of eight passes for 54 yards and one interception. Devonte Norman had a dozen carries for 58 yards and Collins amassed 183 yards and one touchdown on eight carries. Overall the Indians rushed for 224 yards on 37 carries.
Coach Washington named DeAndre Buchanan as the most valuable player of the game with Winona.
The next game with M.S. Palmer is also an important one for the Indians. It is a home game and will likely determine the three seed from the district for the playoffs. Byhalia (4-5 overall and 1-2 in the district) will close out its regular season on the road at district foe North Panola on October 28.
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