Indians whip Whippets on the road to improve to 5-0

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

KOSCIUSKO – The Itawamba AHS offense has gotten a lot of attention

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Senior defensive end Quincy Standifer celebrates a big fourth-down stop by the IAHS defense. The Indians held the Kosciusko offense to under 200 total yards in a 34-14 rout.

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Senior defensive end Quincy Standifer celebrates a big fourth-down stop by the IAHS defense. The Indians held the Kosciusko offense to under 200 total yards in a 34-14 rout.

early this season, and for good reason, but the Indians’ defensive unit has also done the job very efficiently.

The “D” was a key factor in Itawamba’s 34-14 win Friday at Kosciusko.
“Kosciusko is a tough place to play, much less get a win,” IAHS head coach Clint Hoots said. “We played our first complete ballgame of the season tonight. We were efficient on offense and limited turnovers, the defense played lights out, and it couldn’t come at a better time, with division play starting next week.”

The Whippets led early, 7-6, but IAHS rallied to take a 13-7 halftime lead behind a pair of phenomenal touchdown grabs by Caleb Whittle.

IAHS held a 13-7 advantage at the break, then turned the jets on in the second half by recovering an onside kick and promptly scoring on a one-yard run by Austin King, that was set up by a 35-yard scamper by Lamarcus Rhodes.

Just over four minutes later, the Indians put the game out of reach when King found Jaden Smith for a 30-yard touchdown.

Smith added a 76-yard interception return to put the Indians up 34-7, before Kosciusko managed a meaningless touchdown with just over a minute to play to make the final score 34-14.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS quarterback Austin King plunges up the middle for a first down on a third-and-one.

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IAHS quarterback Austin King plunges up the middle for a first down on a third-and-one.

“We’ve been preparing hard for this game. We feel like nobody has really paid attention to us and we wanted to make a statement tonight,” said senior defensive end Quincy Standifer. “We haven’t quite put everything together yet this season, so we put in that extra effort. The most important part of the season is coming up and we want to make sure we’re ready.”

Standifer played a huge role in a dominating Indian defensive performance, which held Kosciusko to under 200 total yards for the game.

The IAHS defense surrendered a 62-yard touchdown run to Kosciusko tailback Stephon Harmon in the first quarter, but rebounded quickly to limit the total first half yardage to just 73 yards and didn’t allow a single rushing yard in the second quarter.

King, Whittle and Rhodes continued their outstanding offensive play, as King threw for more than 200 yards and a three touchdowns while rushing for another, Whittle tallied right at 100 yards receiving with a pair of touchdowns and, although Rhodes didn’t get into the endzone, he managed an impressive 191 yards on the ground on 19 carries.

Jaden Smith had a huge game, finishing with three interceptions on defense, including the 76-yard touchdown return, and a 30-yard touchdown reception on offense.

The Indians are out to a 5-0 start for the third time since 2009, and will return home next week, after consecutive road trips, to host Amory and kick off division 1-4A play.

Each of the last two times IAHS started 5-0, they reached the 4A north title game.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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