Thursday, August 30, 2012
Lions fall in final seconds to Strayhorn
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a tough loss Friday night for H.W. Byers but coach James Kimbrough saw lots of improvement.
Strayhorn scored with just 19 seconds left and defeated the Lions 20-14.
“We played a more complete football game,” Coach Kimbrough said. “Our kids are getting used to playing ironman football. It takes time, with our kids playing both ways (offense and defense).”
The Mustangs went up 14-0.
“They jumped on us early,” he said.
He said a big and talented running back, Greg Caston, did most of the damage.
“They gave him the ball as many times as they could,” Coach Kimbrough said. “They just tried to run our kids over.”
But the Lions stiffened and then got their own first-half points to knot the game.
Anthony Rubin threw a pair of touchdown passes – one for 58 yards to Quantario Stigger and another for 70 yards to Marquis Moore.
Trelorenz Stephen ran for a two-point conversion after the first score.
Stephen, who was experiencing back problems, split time at quarterback with Rubin.
“The two quarterback system worked better for us,” Kimbrough said. “We can get better opportunities in the passing game, deep balls downfield, with Rubin.”
The second half was scoreless until Strayhorn put together the game-winning, 60-yard drive as time was expiring.
“Both teams were playing hard on defense in the second half,” he said.
“We drove deep into their territory three times, but we had some miscues. Our backs didn’t hit the holes well.”
Byers, playing at home, had 368 yards total offense – 183 rushing and 185 passing. Rubin threw for 173 yards. Stigger caught four passes for 105 yards, and he also ran four times for 43 yards. Moore carried 17 times for 89 yards.
Djuan Delaine spearheaded the defensive effort with seven tackles.
The Lions (0-2) begin District 1-1A play this week with a road trip to Smithville.
“Those first two games were preseason,” Coach Kimbrough. “The other ones are real season.”
The Seminoles are 2-0.
“They have a winning tradition there,” he said. “Hopefully, we can put it all together.”
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