Thursday, August 30, 2012
Potts Camp loses at 6A DeSoto Central
By BARRY BURLESON
The Cardinals’ game plan went well in the first quarter Friday night.
“But in the second quarter, some plays got away from us, and that put us behind the eight-ball,” coach Shane Stone said.
Class 6A DeSoto Central scored 21 points in the second period and added a touchdown in the fourth to blank Class 2A independent Potts Camp 28-0.
“Our game plan – the only way we could have a chance of winning – was to keep the ball on the ground, keep it moving and keep it away from them,” Stone said. “In the first quarter, that worked to perfection. The second quarter was a different story.”
The host Jaguars got touchdowns on a 32-yard run and 32-yard and 62-yard pass plays.
Trailing 21-0 at the break, Stone said his team showed a ton of grit in the second half.
The Cardinals had 220 yards rushing in the game.
“We just couldn’t push it into the end zone,” he said.
“We played well in a very physical second half, but we didn’t have any points to show for it, and that’s what matters.”
The biggest display of guts came from quarterback Jordon Harris. He hurt his ankle in the first half, missing most of the second quarter.
“He couldn’t walk at halftime,” Coach Stone said. “We wrapped it and he went back out and played and played hard. He already had my respect but he gained more of my respect.
“He had 82 yards rushing in the game on a bad wheel versus a 6A school.”
Jamarcus Foster followed with 74 yards rushing.
“I thought our offensive line played better this week,” Stone said.
He said it’s a tough task going up against a much larger school but he thought his players responded better this year than last.
“Maybe that’s because we had seen it before,” Stone said.
“I know this – we pulled together in the second half and played hard. We lost the game, but we probably came together as a team even more.”
Potts Camp has an open date this week, which is probably good for the Cardinals, particularly its quarterback.
“The ankle is still tender,” Stone said, “so having the bye week will give him (Jordon Harris) time to mend.”
The Cards will next host Strayhorn on September 7.
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