Whitehall-Yearling High School football coach Rod Lightfoot had a not-so-secret weapon ready to be released in the second half against host Grandview.
Quarterback Raymell Byrd threw two touchdowns and rushed for three more, accounting for all four second-half scores as the Rams defeated the Bobcats 46-13 on Sept. 28 in a battle of unbeaten MSL-Ohio Division teams.
“We kind of backed off on Raymell in the first half,” said Lightfoot, whose team improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. “Then we let him loose in the second half.
“We have a big offensive line in front of him that has really improved. They struggled the first few games, but have really done a great job getting off the ball in the last couple of weeks.”
Grandview had fourth-and-1 at its own 46-yard line on its first drive of the second half. The Bobcats elected to punt and on the first play of the Rams’ ensuing possession, Byrd connected with Von Williams on a 60-yard touchdown pass to put the Rams up 24-13 and set the tone for the final two quarters.
“Our line was big for all of us,” said Byrd, whose team totaled 422 yards, including 307 on the ground. “They kept pushing them back and opened things up for us.”
Byrd rushed for 124 yards and three scores on 16 carries and was 5-for-12 passing for 115 yards and the three touchdowns.
“(Byrd) is a special player and when you don’t tackle him, he’ll hurt you,” said Grandview coach Jason Peters, whose team dropped to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio. “They played well, but we hurt ourselves. We had several turnovers and you can’t do that against a quality team like that.”
The Bobcats had four turnovers while the Rams had none.
Hudson Jump rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and quarterback Kyle Casey connected with Luke Lachey on a 15-yard touchdown for Grandview.
Wayne Blackshear had 12 carries for 71 yards and Isaiah Oney added 65 yards on six carries for Whitehall, and Williams had three catches for 76 yards.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WHITEHALL-YEARLING 7 10 7 22 46 GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS
6 7 0 0 13
W—Oney 30 run (Carchure kick)
G—Lachey 15 pass from Casey (run failed)
W—Carchure 31 FG
G—Jump 10 run (Georskey kick)
W—Stucky 40 pass from Byrd (Carchure kick)
W—Williams 60 pass from Byrd (Carchure kick)
W—Byrd 1 run (Carchure kick)
W—Byrd 28 run (Blackshear run)
W—Byrd 8 run (Carchure kick)