Archive for September 25th, 2011


Again, the story doesn’t tell the tale; Hayti (4-1, 3-0) defeated Charleston (2-3, 2-0) 28-0 Friday night. With senior quarterback Jamaul Gray sporting a shiny new bulky cast on his left-throwing hand, Sophomore Mike Kellum and junior Michael Hull shared duties and the offense struggled against a solid Indian squad.

Defensively, the Jays held the potent Hayti offense to 14 points in the first three and a half quarters of the game.

Charleston coach Brett Blackman wouldn’t offer excuses, giving credit to his Jays while acknowledging the opponents. The Blue Jays, who easily play one of the toughest slates in SEMO, host Central contender Dexter Friday.

“We’ve had a lot to overcome the past couple weeks but that’s what everyone has to do; adjust when you have injuries. The kids are trying hard and doing the best they can but maybe they’ve got to be better and we got to coach better.

“(Friday I think we lacked aggressiveness. That’s what killed us…but there are positive we can take out of this….we just have to be more aggressive; and we have to settle our quarterback situation…thinkgs don’t go as smooth when Jamaul (Gray) isn’t in there…that’s what we have to work on right now”

Charleston controlled the ball for the first seven plays of the game taking off four minutes of clock before having to the dangerous Indians a chance with the ball; this would be called good game planning.

When Hayti got the ball, it two a mere four plays to go 64 yards highlighted by a Karnard Humes to Jerome Thomas to put the Indians in a first-and-goal at the seven; then a double reverse carry from Demetruis Luster put the first points on the board at the 6:42 mark of the first quarter.  The two point conversion gave Hayti the 8-0 lead.


On the ensuing drive, Charleston went 3-and-out but the Jays got a break recovering the fumble on the punt return giving them great field position at midfield but were unable to take advantage of the turnover punting back to the Indians with 8:22 left in the first half trailing only 8-0.

There’s a reason why 1A Hayti is one of the *Top Five teams in SEMO; the Indians put together and 11-play drive with a frist and goal set up but a great goal line stand by the stubborn Jays defense to keep them out of the end zone on a fourth and gaol from the 3-yard line.

A penalty set the Jays up with the ball at the 16 yard line and Charleston moved three plays punting again but getting a big break with a Hayti fumble recovered by Cole Byford but the Blue Jays were unable to capitalize.

That’s when the Indians proved what why they are the most potent offense statisically in SEMO with a 10-play drive capped by a Humes burst from 33-yards out on a fourth an 8 for a 14-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the first half.

A back-breaking momentum swing in favor of  Hayti.

Again, the Jays could mount no offense and punted six plays later but held the Indians on 4th and two with 1:08 left before intermission.

In the 0-0 halftime tie at NMCC the week prior, Blackman lit into the jays who responded with a 33-point second half outburst; overheard on the sidelines Friday at Hayti was a savvy coach understanding his team and settling for a different method of halftime pep-talk.

And, the Jays responded again holding Hayti out of the end zone after a nine play drive stalled at the Jays 13-yard line. Finally, the offense got moving sparked by Michael Hull as the Jays notched six first downs in an 11-play drive that ended with a punt.

On the following Hayti possession, Hull grabbed his second interception in as many weeks giving the Jays good field position at their 34-yard line. Again, the Jays moved the ball 10 plays turning the ball back over on owns with 10:03  to play trailing only 14-0 – the game still in reach.

The teams exchanged punts with a critical interception by Hayti’s Demetrius Luster with 5:08 to play setting up the Indians for the game clinching score by Humes on a 3-yard plunge with 2:53 to play; the conversion was good and the Jays trailed 22-0.

A fumble on the ensuing kickoff set the Indians up at the 3-yard line and Humes scored his third TD of the night from 16-yards out with 1:32 to play for the 28-0 final.

Senior Gray, who played in the game despite the fracture in his wrist and with the bulky cast said via a Facebook interview…..

“Tonite we had a lack of aggressiveness and (I) played with a fractured wrist, and (I) hope to come back (against) Dexter, and (Robert) Bogan does to, (I) was heart-broken cause (I) couldn’t help my team like (I) wanted to…”

Junior Byford also acknowledged the lack of offense against the Indians caused problems for the Jays.

“Our offense just started out slow and our defense held us in it. Unlike last week we didn’t play very good the second half….(but) we have a great coaching staff this year. All the coaches work very hard to put us in a position to win and it’s just a let down to know we missed another opportunity…”

Charleston gets another chance to play a meaningful game against a potent Dexter squad. The Jays are 2-0 in the SEMO Central and have an opportunity to pull the upset at Bland Field Friday.


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Hayti            4      1          3     0

Malden        3      2          2     1

SCity            3       2         2      1

Chaffee        3      2          1      2

EP                1       4          0     2

P’ville          1       4          0    3


C’ville          5      0          1     0

Dexter         4      1          0     0

Charleston  2      3         2      0

Kennett       2      3          0      1

NMCC         0      5          0      2


CCentral       4       0        1      0

Farmington   4      1        0      0

Sikeston        4         1        2     0

PBluff            2         3        0      1

Jackson         1         4        0       2

WEEK 5 Results

Mountain View Libert   48    East Prairie    0

Hayti    28    Charleston 0

Kennett   40    Portageville   22

Caruthersville   45    NMCC   6

Dexter   40   Malden    26

Scott City   34   Chaffee    20

Sikeston    5   Jackson    9

Gosnell, Ar.   43   Poplar Bluff   32

Cape Central    44    North County   7

McCluer N.   45   Farmington    17


Chaffee at East Prairie *

Dexter at Charleston ^

Portageville at Scott City

Malden at Kennett

Caruthersville at Herculaneum

Sikeston at NMCC

Cape Central at St. Charles W.

Poplar Bluff at Farmington

Vashon at Jackson

Hayti – open


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