Douglas Byrd beats Cavaliers 58-12
Douglas Byrd pounded Southern Lee 58-12 in Fayetteville Friday night sending the Cavaliers (1-5, 0-1) to their fifth straight loss.
Quarterback Emond Caldwell found Aaron Blockmon for an 81-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Blockmon finished with five catches for 122 yards, going over 1,000 yards on the season.
The play was the highlight of the night for Caldwell, who struggled with his accuracy. He completed 8 of his 25 passes on the night, and had almost as many completions to Douglas Byrd defenders, throwing six interceptions.
Caldwell’s first interception bounced off of a receiver’s hands, and his numbers were hurt by drops by wide receivers, but Caldwell also missed on several throws.
Douglas Byrd defensive back Jose Sanchez had two interceptions and returned one of Caldwell’s interceptions 40 yards for a touchdown.
Riding a boost from their defense, the Eagles put the game out of reach early with their ground game. Five different Byrd running backs scored rushing touchdowns, and the Eagles had 193 yards on 28 carries, a 6.9 yards per carry average.
Eight Eagles had carries in the game, led by Alonzo Hurtado, who had 60 yards on 12 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run in the Eagles’ 21-point first quarter. Hurtado also caught four passes for 50 yards.
Eagles’ quarterback Elijah Bulger was 17 of 24 passing for 227 yards. He threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dana Dudley in the first quarter, and a 20-yard strike to Raheem Generette in the second. Dudley finished with four catches for 40 yards. Generette had six for 69.
After Douglas Byrd built a 37-6 halftime lead, Bulger threw just four times in the second half, completing them all.
Southern Lee finished with its lowest scoring output of the season, and has seen its point total drop in each of the last four games. The Cavaliers have allowed an average of 48.6 points per game during their five game skid, Byrd was the third team to put up more than 55 points on them.
Byrd won at home for the first time this season, after losing to visiting Pinecrest and E.E. Smith. The Eagles improved to 4-2 and recorded their highest point total of the season by two touchdowns.
The Cavaliers host Gray's Creek (2-4, 0-1) next Friday, while Byrd plays Lee County (5-1, 1-0) in its homecoming game.