The Whitehall-Yearling High School football team heads into its game Friday, Oct. 6, at Liberty Union looking to build on a 24-12 win over visiting Grandview on Sept. 29.

The Rams improved to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio.

Liberty Union, which is in its first season in the MSL-Ohio, fell to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league with a 28-6 loss at London on Sept. 29.

After losing 31-14 at Columbus Academy on Sept. 22, in what coach Rod Lightfoot called a disappointing performance, Whitehall bounced back with a strong effort against the Bobcats.

"We had a good week of practice," Lightfoot said. "We talked about a lot of things as far as working together and trusting each other, and we got back to being what the Rams are capable of being."

Quarterback Raymell Byrd threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Rasheed Muhammad and added a 25-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Byrd finished with 76 yards passing and 166 rushing.

"We're in a five-game season now and (Sept. 29) was our first step of trying to reach our goals as far as the league is concerned," Lightfoot said. "They overcame some of the issues we had and it was nice to see."

Lightfoot said efforts from Joachim Bailey at running back and Antonio Martinez on the offensive line were keys to the win.

For the season, Byrd has rushed for a team-high 836 yards and nine touchdowns on 117 carries, and Muhammad has 471 yards and five touchdowns on 90 carries.

Byrd has completed 38 of 89 passes for 613 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, and O.C. Wellman has 15 catches for 260 yards and one touchdown.

Liberty Union managed just 138 total yards against London. Cole Peardon scored on an 80-yard run in the second quarter.

"Liberty Union concerns me because they have tremendous size up front and they have really capable skill players, so we're going to have our hands full every week," Lightfoot said. "It's a five-week (league) schedule and we can't take anybody lightly. It's going to be a tough road to haul, but if we keep playing like we played (Sept. 29) and we don't regress, we can compete with anybody in the league."

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