Greenwood shuts down Yazoo City's offense in 32-0 win

By TAYLOR HAWKINS,
Sports Writer
 
Yazoo City’s Indians fell to 5-3 (0-2 in conference) Friday when they were shutout 32-0 against Greenwood. 
After a mistake-filled scoreless first quarter, Greenwood finally broke the tie in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns, making it a 12-0 game at the half.
In the third quarter, Greenwood scored another touchdown to make it an 18-0 game.
The Bulldogs tacked on 14 more points in the fourth quarter to push the final score to 32-0.
According to Yazoo City High head football coach Rodney Adams, the offense could never get anything going in the loss. From the quarterback down, nothing ever came together.
“Our offense couldn’t get it going,” Adams said. “Whenever they got the ball, they got it on the short end. The defense got tired. They held their own for a while. Whenever we got a big play, there was a penalty. The run game was working well, but penalties killed that. It was just an off night. The QB didn’t have a great night. He was looking one way all night. He wasn’t patient in the pocket. They watched the TE. In motion. That sort of gave away where we were running the ball.”
On the other side of the ball, the defense played a fair deal better. 
Despite the difficult situations, they found themselves in time and time again, Adams would give them a passing grade.
“The defense was on the field for 3/4 of the game,” Adams said. “They fought. Our defensive ends did a very good job containing. They were running on us through the A and B gaps. That’s the linebackers’ jobs. Overall, I would give them a C-. The screen is something we’re really going to have to work on. The screen in the middle of the field was a big play for them. We can’t give up big plays like that. Whenever we kicked the ball to them, they crossed the 50. We’re lucky we got out 32-0. The score could’ve been a lot worse.”
Instead of gearing up to play this week, the Indians will enjoy a much-needed bye week. Unlike traditional bye weeks, this won’t be a week of rest. Adams must prepare his team for a do-or-die game against Gentry next week.
Gentry is 2-6 overall (0-2 in conference) after a 41-12 loss to Rosa Fort last week.
 The game will likely determine whether or not the Indians make the playoffs this season.
“We’ll have to win the next game if we want to go to the playoffs,” Adams said. “We aren’t taking any days off. Monday was the only day we had off. Two weeks is enough time to get us back to where we were when we were playing better ball. We need it. There are things I’m noticing on film that we’ve stopped in the past. We’re a better ball team than that. We’re playing for a playoff spot. This is a must-win game for us.”
Kickoff at Gentry is set for 7 p.m. on October 19