The Byrd Yellow Jackets defense swarmed the Southwood Cowboys offense holding them to a total of 49 yards in a 42-7 Byrd rout at Lee Hedges Stadium on homecoming night.
“Our defense played well tonight,” Byrd coach Mike Suggs said, “they did, and ah keep them out of the end zone.”
In the first quarter the Cowboys defense was living up to its billing, however, the offense was just the opposite. And after Southwood’s offense fumbled at midfield about halfway through the first quarter, the defense again found itself on the field. This took its toll.
The Jackets led by Carson Dunn kept chipping away at the Cowboys, sustaining a five-minute drive until the defense began to crack and fullback Charlie Barham plunged in from 2 yards out and scoring first.
Coincidentally, it was the Yellow Jackets defense mimicking its mascot, by swarming all over Southwood quarterback Cory Wallace and backing the Cowboys onto their 2-yard line. On the ensuing possession, Wallace was stripped of the football and Jackets defensive end Chris Singleton recovered in the end zone for the second score of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Jackets continued to moved the chains out of the Wing-T but suffered what seemed to be a fumble but was called down inside the Cowboys’ 10. The next snap, Dunn made a nifty cut and leaped into the end zone, putting his team up by 21 points with just more than 6 six minutes remaining in the half.
“I take no credit for anything”, Dunn said, “Because I have a good receiving corps and offensive line.”
With a little more than a minute remaining in the first half, Suggs called a rare pass and Dunn found wide-out Carlos Doss streaking down the west sideline for a 43-yard trip into the Cowboys red zone. Fullback Bailey O’Byrne capped it off with a 1-yard buck sweep for the score.
“Well yeah, with so many injuries and trying different line ups it’s hard to get any continuity,” Suggs said. “But we’re playing better and hope to get better.”
The only score of the night for the Cowboys came on a fumble recovery by senior defensive end Emmanuel Bass who rumbled 66 yards to scoree in the second quarter pulling his team to within three touchdowns.
Midway through the third quarter, Barham finished off another Byrd drive with a 13-yard run for a touchdown. The play of the game came late in the third, before Suggs put in the backups, when Javien Wilson exploded out of the pocket and cut down the east sideline for 70-yards to score.
“I give my the credit to my offensive linemen,” Wilson said. “I saw the tackle pull and I followed right behind him. He got the seal and I just broke free.
“And I’m humble man.”