The Colonels rushed for close to 400 yards with six touchdowns to defeat the Colts 48-21. The loss dropped the Colts to 1-2 with a 0-1 mark in the district, while Indianola improved to 3-0 with a 1-0 mark in the district.
The one bright spot from the game for the Colts was that the 21 points were the most that has been scored against Indianola Academy this season. In I.A.’s previous two games, the team defeated AA Manchester 38-6 and AAA Pillow Academy 26-16.
“We’re trying to instill that killer instinct,” Bayou head coach Jimmy Hicks said. “They (Indianola) are physical. I don’t think we gave up tonight. We kept battling. We have to get better at running the football.”
The Colonels were able to get the jump on the Colts early in the game. Ashton Knight scored the first two touchdowns with the PAT kick each time, and quarterback Jonathan Holland completed a pass to Hunter Vance that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown reception. The PAT kick was no good, but the Colonels led 20-0 with 4:09 to go in the first quarter.
Despite the big deficit, the Colts showed some fight in the first quarter. Bayou quarterback Tyler Kitchings was able to connect with Weber Herbison on a 24-yard touchdown pass. Herbison’s point-after kick was good, and the Colts cut the I.A. down to 20-7. The Colts’ defense fed off the energy from the score by forcing a fumble on Indianola’s next possession with Chantz Arbuckle recovering the football to give Bayou possession at its own 37-yard line.
The Colts couldn’t put any points up on the possession and were forced to punt the football. With 7:25 left in the second quarter, the Colonels were able to add to their lead as Michael Sykes marched on a 12-yard touchdown run to give Indianola its fourth touchdown of the game. The extra point kick was good, and Indianola built its lead back up to 27-7.
Bayou’s offense was able to answer back. With 6:02 still left in the first half, Kitchings has able to connect with Davis Dalton who fought off a defender and marched on what turned out to be a 33-yard touchdown reception. Herbison’s PAT attempt split the upright, and Bayou cut the Colonels back down to 13 points at 27-14.
Indianola Academy continued their attack as the Knight and Dalton Sykes each scored touchdowns to make the score 42-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Colonels put up one more touchdown as Knight scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 4:40 left on the clock. The PAT kick was no good, but the Colonels held a commanding 48-14 advantage.
Bayou continued to battle as sophomore John Thomas Davis saw some time at quarterback. With 6:19 left in the contest, Davis connected with Herbison on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Herbison’s PAT kick was good, and the Colts made the score 48-21, which ended up being the final.
Kitchings and Davis threw for a combined 213 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Kitchings completed 8-of-23 passes for 144 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Davis completed 3-of-5 passes for 69 yards with a touchdown and an interceptions. Davis also caught two passes for 25 yards.
Herbison had an outstanding game catching the football as he caught four passes for 114 yards with two touchdowns.
For Indianola, Knight rushed for 142 yards with four touchdowns on 21 carries, Michael Sykes rushed for 130 yards with a touchdown on 13 carries and Dalton Sykes rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Holland completed 2-for-4 passes for 56 yards with both completions going to Vance who finished with two catches for 56 yards.
Bayou will return to the gridiron on Friday to play West Memphis Christian School in West Memphis, Ark.