The Lewisburg Patriots, led by Chester King’s four touchdowns, defeated the Byhalia Indians 38-20 Friday.
Lewisburg gained an early lead, scoring the first 17 points of the game.
Quarterback Bryce Brock was the first to find the end zone as he kept the ball on an option play and ran for the 12-yard touchdown.
Peyton Coker made the extra point then later added a field goal to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead.
King was the next Patriot to rush for a touchdown.
He took a handoff 11 yards into the end zone, and Austin Busby hit the extra point to make the score 17-0.
Byhalia was finally able to find offensive success when Tyrico Richmond connected with Chauncey Lucas for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Joaquin Hernandez brought the score to 17-7 with the extra point.
Both teams traded scores with their fist possession of the second half.
Lewisburg’s King scored his second touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run, and Busby made the extra point.
After a muffed kickoff started the Indians inside their own 5-yard-line, Richmond outran the Patriots on a 98-yard touchdown run.
Curtis Mosby, who already had blocked and recovered a punt, blocked the PAT to keep the score 24-13 in favor of the Patriots.
Lewisburg was able to extend the lead with King’s third and fourth touchdowns of the game.
The extra points by Busby brought the score to 38-13.
Late in the fourth quarter, Richmond scrambled 40 yards for the Indians’ final score, with Hernandez’s extra point making the final score 38-20 for the 2-1 Patriots, which play next week at Hernando.
Byhalia fell to 2-1 for the season and will be at Independence.
Jon Bell is Sports Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.