Photo courtesy of Daily Corinthian/Tee Rage PhotographyByhalia quarterback DeQuan Moore (14) is pressured by Carter Bonds of Corinth Friday night.
Photo courtesy of Daily Corinthian/Tee Rage PhotographyByhalia’s Jacoreion Crockett (1) gets loose for a good gain versus Corinth Friday night.
Byhalia drops district opener
Byhalia’s road trip to Corinth Friday night for its District 1-4A opener took the wrong turn early.
The Warriors started the game with a squib kick, which they recovered and turned into points.
“They got a good bounce, and we sort of misjudged it and touched it,” coach John Danley said.
Corinth went on to down the Indians 49-26.
“We played them tough,” Danley said. “We moved the football but just had too many mistakes.”
He said those included some breakdowns on pass protection and a couple of interceptions.
“Defensively, I thought we were well-prepared but just missed two many tackles.”
And Danley said the Corinth offense is extremely talented with “three of the best runners in the state.”
“It’s hard to get your hands on that quarterback,” he said.
Corinth’s D.T. Sheffield threw for a touchdown, ran for a score and had an interception that he returned to the end zone.
Zach Patterson scored three times, two on the ground, and Tam Patterson ran for a pair of touchdowns.
For Byhalia, Charles Powell and DaQuan Moore scored on carries of 15 and 3 yards, respectively. Yaphat Hearn had two touchdown runs, one for 16 and another for 8. Daniel Williams kicked two extra points.
Moore, the starting quarterback, suffered a shoulder injury and did not play the second half. Hearn moved to quarterback.
Danley said Corinth head coach Todd Lowery called him on Saturday and told him Byhalia was “three or four times better than last year.” Lowery’s team improved to 5-1.
In an interview with the Daily Corinthian newspaper after the game Friday night, Coach Lowery said, “Byhalia is a good team. They will make some noise in our division this year.”
Coach Danley said his Indians (4-3 overall) feel good about the rest of the season.
“They knew after that game (versus Corinth) what cost us the game,” he said.
The tough district contests keep coming. Up next is New Albany at home this Friday night. The Bulldogs are 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the district after a 26-23 loss to Senatobia last week.