Through one quarter of play last Friday night, it seemed as if the Yazoo City Indians were on the right track in their district opener against the Greenwood High Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the Indians, the train abruptly jumped the track as the Bulldogs scored 47 unanswered to defeat the Indians 47-3.
The loss marks the first in league play for the Indians and drops them to 2-5 overall, 0-1 district. Greenwood improved to 5-1 overall, 1-0 district with the win.
Things looked bright for the Indians early on. After stopping the Bulldogs on their first possession, the Indians took the ball with great field position and mounted a five-play drive, all the way to the Bulldog seven-yard line. The Indians failed to crack the endzone, and instead settled for a 29-yard field goal from Rod’tavious Jefferson for a 3-0 lead with 2:39 remaining in the first quarter.
From that point on, however, it was all Greenwood. The Bulldogs scored on their ensuing possession early in the second quarter on a 13-yard run to take an 8-3 lead. The Bulldog defense accounted for the next score after intercepting a Keterrious Grove pass and returning it 44 yards to paydirt. The PAT kick was good and Greenwood led 15-3.
Greenwood would tack on two more scores through the air - a 15 yard pass and a 28 yard pass- to take a commanding 29-3 lead heading into halftime.
The struggles continued for the Indians as the second half opened when Malik Clark was stripped of the ball during the kickoff return near midfield. The ball was scooped up by a Bulldog and returned 34 yards for a touchdown and a 35-3 advantage. Greenwood scored once more for good measure with 1:23 left in the third quarter for the final score of 47-3.
Yazoo City struggled miserably on offense all night long in the rushing and passing departments. Seven Indian rushers carried the ball against Greenwood, but only two ended the game with positive yardage. D’Quarius Anderson totaled 20 yards on four carries. Through the air, Grove connected on 4-of-17 passes for 50 yards and an interception. Kory Price was also 0-for-4 with an interception. Rorecoss Willis had two receptions for 28 yards, Price had one catch for 16 yards and Artavious Willis had one catch for six yards.
Defensively, Jefferson led the way with 14 tackles (4 solo) and a sack, followed by Sam Barton with 11 tackles (6 solo) and Robert Lang with 10 tackles (4 solo) and a half sack. Francois Reasor had six tackles, a fumble recovery, one sack and two half sacks on the night and Jacques Grady had five tackles (4 solo).
The Indians hit the road this Friday and travel to face the Cleveland Wildcats.