Huge second quarter propels Warriors past Indians

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

CORINTH – Last Friday’s division 1-4A contest between the Itawamba AHS Indians and the Corinth Warriors has been circled on the calendars of local football fans for weeks … maybe even

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS quarterback Vijay Miller gets off a pass while under pressure during last Friday's contest at Corinth.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
IAHS quarterback Vijay Miller gets off a pass while under pressure during last Friday’s contest at Corinth.

months.
The two teams were supposed to be clear-cut favorites to battle for the division championship but, after just three weeks of division play, Tishomingo County remains the only team without a victory and every single team has at least one loss.
The Indians and Warriors are, arguably, the most talented teams inside 1-4A and each had a division loss before they met last Friday night.
The division race has turned into sheer madness, and it is becoming more and more apparent why the games are played on the field.
The Indians started off last Friday’s game with a boom: Senior tailback Hunter White lined up at quarterback in the wildcat formation and carried the ball nine consecutive times on the opening drive for a total of 71 rushing yards and capped off the opening possession with a 16-yard touchdown run to give IAHS a very early 6-0 lead after the extra point attempt was blocked.
Corinth answered back with a 47-yard touchdown strike from Antares Gwyn to Javen Morrison less than two minutes later to give the Warriors a 7-6 lead.
IAHS returned the favor by lighting up the scoreboard again just 31 seconds later when a 65-yard completion from Vijay Miller to Caleb Whittle down the visitor’s sideline set up a 2-yard touchdown run by White to reclaim the lead, 13-7.
The Warriors would respond with just over two minutes to go in the opening quarter when Gwyn scrambled for a 40-yard touchdown run to put Corinth on top, 14-3, at the end of the first quarter.
At that point, the game was everything that everyone had presumed it would be. Two heavyweights exchanging blows until one landed the knockout blow in the 12th round.
Unfortunately, for the Indians, the second quarter turned into a nightmare very quickly. Literally, everything that could’ve possibly gone wrong for IAHS did, and everything that Corinth did turned to gold.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS tailback Hunter White comes off a block by Jamal Shumpert (32) during action against Corinth. White rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a 35-yard touchdown reception.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
IAHS tailback Hunter White comes off a block by Jamal Shumpert (32) during action against Corinth. White rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a 35-yard touchdown reception.

The Warriors scored five unanswered touchdowns to open the second quarter as the Indians were dazed against the ropes.
Morrison hauled in a 37-yard scoring toss from Gwyn to open the quarter to put the Warriors up 21-13, but disaster really struck on the next offensive production.
After a three-and-out series, a Russell Bunch punt attempt was blocked by Corinth and recovered by Quentin Patterson, who returned it 17 yards for a touchdown to put the Warriors up 28-13.
The game spiraled even more out of control on the next possession when Miller tried to hit Taylor Mears on a deep route down the sideline and was picked off by Patterson, who returned it 57 yards for his second touchdown in a span of 1:10 to put Corinth up 36-13 after a botched snap and a 2-point conversion run.
Clearly stunned, the Indians struggled to gain any offensive momentum and were forced to punt the ball away.
Corinth, however, wasn’t done. Patterson scored his third consecutive touchdown, this time on offense, as he pulled in a 42-yard pass from Gwyn to give the Warriors a 43-13 advantage.
An Indian turnover put the Warriors back in business, and they would make the most of yet another opportunity when Gwyn found Dee Brown for a 23-yard touchdown pass to put Corinth up 50-13.
The offense went out of the first half on a positive note, when Miller connected with a wide-open White on a wheel route out of the backfield for a 35-yard touchdown with 0:15 left on the clock to pull within 50-19.
With a commanding lead, the Warriors went to work on milking the clock in the second half with the running game.
Gwyn scored on a seven-yard run in the third quarter, and IAHS answered with a 48-yard scoring strike from Miller to Whittle.
Gwyn would score his third rushing touchdown, and seventh of the night, five seconds into the final quarter to make the final mark 64-25.
White led the IAHS offense with 144 rushing yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, and also added a touchdown on a 35-yard reception.
Miller threw for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns with one interception, while Whittle pulled in three of those passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Following the defeat, the Indians drop to 1-2 within division play and will host the 2-1 Pontotoc Warriors this Friday night.

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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