Thursday, August 16, 2012
Byhalia defense shines
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia stepped up a few classifications for its preseason jamboree opponent.
“We wanted a challenge – a chance to play a bigger school and see where we stand,” coach John Danley said about facing DeSoto Central.
The Class 3A Indians, in two quarters of action, battled the Class 6A Jaguars to a scoreless Friday night on the road.
“We moved the ball pretty well, and the defense played great,” said Danley, the Indians’ new head coach.
He said DeSoto Central had only two first downs with one of those coming on a Byhalia penalty.
“In total yardage, they probably had a negative,” he said.
Going back to the spring jamboree, it was four consecutive quarters of shutout football for the Indians.
“That is something for us to build on,” Danley said.
He said penalties and other mistakes plagued his offense.
“We need to work on some things – like run blocking with our receivers and pass protection with our offensive line,” he said.
He said quarterback Markeise Rodgers looked comfortable in the pocket and had a good grasp of the offense.
Byhalia opens the season this Friday night with a road trip to Tishomingo County. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve looked at film from last year and tried to pick up some tendencies in order to get our guys prepared,” Coach Danley said.
“DeSoto Central’s no-huddle, up-tempo offense should prepare us for this week.”
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