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Jacqez Hairston ran for 176 yards and three TDs as the Warriors defeated the host Terriers.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
William Byrd came in teeming with confidence. Jacqez Hairston did not.
For both parties, Friday night proved to be a reversion to the mean.
Magna Vista’s sophomore running back shook off recent struggles to have a career game, exploding for 176 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 44-14 victory in Vinton.
“He had a great game,” Magna Vista coach Joe Favero said of Hairston. “Tonight was kind of growing up for him. He’s been good at times, and he’s had a couple fumbles. He’s been tough on himself. He’s a competitor and he wants to be successful. And tonight, he came in and really matured for us.”
Hairston sprang for a touchdown on his second carry of the night and needed just 10 totes to eclipse 100 yards. He credited his offensive linemen — not only for their blocking, but also for the moral support they provided after he’d struggled in recent outings.
“They kept me up. That’s what I needed,” said the 5-foot-9, 173-pound speedster. “It was all in my mind. I just had to focus. I was trying to be too fast, was fumbling, making mistakes.”
Byrd (3-1), denied its first 4-0 start since 1999, was coming off a come-from-behind victory at Salem last week. But they couldn’t replicate that precision as Magna Vista clamped down defensively and capitalized on turnovers.
“Speed kills, and we helped them,” Byrd coach Jeff Highfill said. “We knew going in they were explosive, and our chance was, we had to ram it at them, too, match them on scoring and hope for some turnovers. We gave ’em the first one before you could even blink.”
The Warriors struck early, driving 51 yards on four plays on their first drive. Hairston powered in from 10 yards out to give Magna Vista a 7-0 lead just a minute into the game, quieting a large homecoming crowd.
The Terriers got even on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Zac Hill to Simeon Horstmann with 3:27 left in the first quarter. But the back-and-forth stopped there.
A wet field and a lively Magna Vista defense contributed to three Byrd fumbles in the first half. Magna Vista turned the first one into points two plays later, getting a 36-yard run from Hairston to regain the lead.
“I think they’re as fast as anybody we’ll see,” Highfill said. “Their defensive line, they’re running us down before we get the ball — from the back side. They’re good, and we’re going to have to play a lot better if we’re going to beat people like that.”
Hill, who ran for 199 yards against Salem, struggled to find room against Magna Vista. The Warriors showed trust in their talented cornerbacks by creeping nine or 10 defenders into the box to stop the run.
Hill finished with 123 yards on 30 carries, but much of that came after the game was decided.
“He’s better than what he played tonight,” Magna Vista linebacker Christopher Bagwell said. “I felt like we held him to good yardage. You’ve really just got to fill your holes and meet him in the hole. If he gets a head of steam, he’s hard to stop. You can’t really hit him high. He might run you over.”
Quarterback Shoalin McGuire hit Bryce Hankins in stride on a deep pass down the left sideline for 43-yard touchdown that bumped Magna Vista’s advantage to 21-7.
Byrd appeared poised to cut into that lead just before halftime but instead saw another drive end on a fumble. Koby Johnson nailed a 41-yard field goal as the half expired.
“I’d like to think we could play with them, but we certainly didn’t tonight,” Highfill said. “We have to play the type of ballgame we played last week — no turnovers, win the penalty battle, time of possession … We just didn’t do any of the things you’ve got to do against that type of explosive team.”
Magna Vista 7 17 14 6—44
William Byrd 7 0 0 7—14
MV--Jac. Hairston 10 run (Johnson kick)
WB--Horstmann 15 pass from Hill (Coleman kick)
MV--Jac. Hairston 36 run (Johnson kick)
MV--Bry. Hankins 43 pass from McGuire (Johnson kick)
MV--FG Johnson 41
MV--Gravely 11 pass from McGuire (Johnson kick)
MV--McGuire 5 run (Johnson kick)
MV--Jac. Hairston 22 run (kick failed)
WB--Kearney 2 run (Johnson kick)
First downs 23 11
Yards rushing 272 211
Passes C-A-I 11-20-0 7-13-0
Yards passing 192 54
Penalties-yards 2-20 3-20
Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-3
Punts-average 2-33 6-33
RUSHING — Magna Vista, Jac. Hairston 25-176, Bry. Hankins 4-70, Bre. Hankins 2-16, Jal. Hairston 1-4, Estes 1-3, McGuire 3-2, Clark 1-1; William Byrd, Hill 30-123, Williams 6-47, Horstmann 6-23, Kearney 3-15, Fletcher 1-3.
PASSING — Magna Vista, McGuire 11-20-0-192; William Byrd, Hill 6-11-0-49, Coleman 1-2-0-5.
RECEIVING — Magna Vista, Bry. Hankins 6-122, Ramey 2-43, Gravely 3-27; William Byrd, Horstmann 4-33, Stinnette 3-21.
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