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Byrd's O'Byrne burns Indians on TD run
August 27, 2016, 8:09 am

By Jimmy Watson, The Times

Byrd and Fair Park coaches didn’t get much of a chance to check out their varsity teams in jamboree action on Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium, but both Mikes liked some things, and didn’t like some things, they saw from their squads.

Thanks to a bolt of lightning that would have struck fear into Attila the Hun, the game was called just a minute into the second 10-minute half. By the time the second flash streaked across southeast Shreveport skies, the stands were empty and the teams were headed for home leaving Byrd ahead 14-0 on the scoreboard.

“It’s unfortunate we didn’t get to see more, but there were some bright spots out there,” Byrd’s Mike Suggs said. “It was apparent we still have a lot to work on, but the guys were excited and they came out and played hard.”

 

With Byrd senior quarterback Zavier Moore still in the hospital with full body cramps, sophomore Carson Dunn stepped in and directed a pair of quality scoring drives. The first consumed more than six minutes of the first half and included a 14-yard throw to Bailey O’Byrne and a 17-yard throw to big tight end Christian Gulledge.

Dunn found Javien Wilson alone in the center of the end zone for a 7-yard strike to cap the drive.

The second score came on Byrd’s only drive after intermission and was aided by an Indian personal foul penalty. The Jackets had just 38 yards to cover and O’Byrne trekked 33 of them for the touchdown.

 

Although Fair Park didn’t get on the board in the shortened action, the Indians moved the ball well behind Jeremy Johnson, Cedric Pehl and Latrevine Davis. Davis chalked up 38 yards on just three carries and Johnson posted 16 before a couple of sacks erased most of it
“I was really pleased overall with our play. We were just trying to get our own stuff in,” Fair Park coach Mike Greene said. “We moved the ball against a very good Byrd team. I saw a lot we can improve on, but we were better this week than last week and as a coach, that’s what tickles you.”

 

The violent weather has continued to play havoc with game preparations for area teams, so Friday’s storm came as little surprise.

“In the past two weeks, we’ve probably gotten in two full days of work,” Suggs said.

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