Thursday, August 16, 2012
Byers blanks Bucs
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions got a small taste of victory in a preseason contest last Friday on their home field.
Both Byers and Benton County had an opportunity to get a quick glimpse of each other and some of their offensive and defensive schemes prior to the start of the new impending season. The Buccaneers, comprised of students from both Hickory Flat and Ashland, are sporting an entirely new coaching staff this season.
The Bucs had the ball first in the controlled scrimmage and attempted to test the Lions’ defense with a ground attack. After a couple of tries they went to a long pass play, Demarcus Fifer threw to Damion Williams and the play carried to the 40. An offside infraction set them back a few yards and they immediately went to another aerial. However, an alert cornerback, Marquis Moore, stepped up and claimed the ball after it had been mishandled by a Buc receiver. It became a Lion possession at midfield.
Byers’ Trelorenz Stephen made a handoff to Moore, who darted behind his right tackle, dipped again and skirted the right end. It was a big gain but was nullified by a block in the back call. It was still enough for a first down after assessment. The Lions lost ground on a couple of successive plays and ended up with a fourth and 20. They gambled on a long pass and the ball went over on downs. The Bucs took over on their 30. They went long and again it was picked, this time by Quantario Stigger. There were no run-back yards.
On the next play Benton County was tagged with a face-mask call. The Lions had been trying to test the Bucs’ middle and this time a whole horde of defenders met Moore and stopped him cold. Moore continued to try and buck the line at right guard but with no progress. After a fourth down miscue in the backfield, the Bucs took over. They ran the 20-minute clock out on the 0-0 score.
Moore opened the second period with a gain of 8. The run gave the Lions an early jolt of adrenaline and Stephen took it to pay dirt from there. He came back and converted the deuce. The score was 8-0.
The Bucs incurred a big penalty on their possession and the setback left them in a huge hole at third and 27. They were pinned at their 11. The offense showed run but went to a fake delay pass. Germaine Glass jumped up between two, much bigger, intended receivers and picked the ball. He returned it for a score. Stephen again converted for two and the score had changed to 16-0.
Phillip Tatum was filling in for Fifer at quarterback for the Bucs. The latter had left the game in the first period because of an injury. Benton exhausted its downs and Byers took over at its 39.
The Lions tried a long pass to Ronnie Dennis and it was picked by Dontae Moore. Byers was cited for a personal foul, which resulted in an eventual first down for Benton. The Bucs moved to the 19, but the next play brought an illegal procedure penalty. They followed with another infraction and the clock ran down, leaving Byers with the 16-0 jamboree victory.
This will be the Buccaneers’ second year on the gridiron. They have an open date this Friday before facing Tishomingo the following week.
H.W. Byers will travel to county rival Potts Camp this Friday night at 7:30 for its season-opening game.
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