Indians blast Braves, earn No. 2 playoff seed

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

IUKA – The Itawamba AHS Indians could only control what they could control in last night’s

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Caleb Whittle looks in a pass from Vijay Miller that went for a 95-yard touchdown last Friday night against division rival Tishomingo County.

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Caleb Whittle looks in a pass from Vijay Miller that went for a 95-yard touchdown last Friday night against division rival Tishomingo County.

regular season finale at Tishomingo County: Win, and get in the playoffs.
They did so easily with a 35-16 thrashing of rival Tishomingo County.
The seeding would shake itself out with the other division matchups that would be played, but coach Clint Hoots’ squad knew they had to take care of business in order to punch their ticket to the postseason.
“We preached to the kids to come out and take care of business early,” Hoots said. “They did an excellent job of that tonight.”
It took the Indians exactly 16 seconds to deliver the first of five early haymakers to the chin of the Braves, when senior quarterback Vijay Miller fired a strike to junior wideout Caleb Whittle for a 44-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
Tishomingo would threaten on their first offensive possession, but the IAHS defense would hold strong at their own 5, where the Miller/Whittle connection would land another devastating blow.
Miller tossed a strike to Whittle, in stride, down the visitor’s sideline, and Whittle would outrun everyone on the field for a 95-yard touchdown to put the Indians up 14-0 very early. It only went downhill from there for the Braves.
Austin King would intercept a Tishomingo County pass to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Miller late in the first quarter to give the Indians a commanding 21-0 lead.
The starters would be removed less than four minutes into the second quarter, and Miller and the offense would go out with a bang.
The Indians raced down the field, thanks to a nice over-the-shoulder catch by tailback Hunter White for a gain of 38 yards, and finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Taylor Mears for a 28-0 lead.
The Indians would finish their scoring as Austin King spelled Miller at quarterback and tacked on a touchdown late on a 22-yard second quarter run to put IAHS up 35-0.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Hunter White (5) cuts down a Tishomingo County ball carrier as Austin King comes in for support.

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Hunter White (5) cuts down a Tishomingo County ball carrier as Austin King comes in for support.

After Whittle hauled in the 44-yard touchdown pass from Miller on the first play of the game, the Braves were dazed and could never gain their footing.
The Braves managed 16 points – one touchdown as time expired – to make the final more respectable.
IAHS quarterback Vijay Miller completed 6-of-8 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns, while adding another 36 yards rushing on four carries and a touchdown.
Whittle caught just the two passes, but finished with 146 receiving yards and both went for touchdowns.
King was the leading rusher for IAHS, with 90 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.
White had 24 yards on just four carries, but added 51 yards on two receptions in limited action.
Jamal Shumpert and Daniel Freppon led the IAHS defense yet again, with 13 and 10 tackles, respectively.
The IAHS win, combined with Corinth’s win over Amory and Shannon’s win over Pontotoc, gives the Indians the No. 2 seed out of division 1-4A, based on points.
Amory, Shannon and IAHS lost to each other but IAHS came out best on point differential to gain the No.2 seed, while Shannon finished third and Amory fourth.
After everything shook out Friday night, the Indians will be pitted in a contest with perennial title contender Louisville at Indian Stadium this Friday night for round one of the MHSAA class 4A playoffs.
The Wildcats are 7-4 and have losses to West Point, Lafayette, Noxubee County and Kosciusko.
The Indians will try to extend their season against Louisville at 7 p.m. at Indian Stadium.

scotty.nichols@journalinc.com
Twitter: @ScotNic24

About Scotty Nichols

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

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