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This year’s Byrd team won’t ever be called flashy or explosive, thanks in part to some unfortunate injuries to its best athletes.

As a result, the Yellow Jackets’ (3-5) success depends on consistently solid execution and efficiency. They found enough for a big second quarter but hardly impressed coach Mike Suggs on both counts in a 28-6 win over perhaps even more injury-depleted Green Oaks (1-7) Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium.

“We didn’t take care of our business mentally,” Suggs said. “We were flat coming into it and it’s disappointing to take a step backwards.”

The slow start to the game included a fumble on Byrd’s opening drive, highlighting one of the biggest problems this year for its typically dominant rushing attack. A few holes began to open up later in a scoreless first quarter, but Green Oaks’ defense made sure nothing came easy for the Yellow Jackets.

Bailey O’Byrne finally broke through for a one-yard touchdown run on his 12th carry and the senior fullback found a lot more space for a season-long 62-yard run on Byrd’s next offensive play. Although Damien Crawford caught him from behind to set up Javien Wilson’s 17-yard touchdown run, O’Byrne’s 128 yards and two touchdowns in the first half provided a definite bright spot.

“The holes were great,” said O’Byrne, who finished with 134 yards on 19 carries. “The offensive linemen were doing their thing and everybody was just trying to get it together and keep going good.”

However, he sensed some complacency after halftime, even though the Jackets managed to take advantage of a short field with Lawson Jackson’s 28-yard touchdown run. Suggs praised his team’s effort but wanted to see much more continued progression in a third straight win.

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