IAHS holds off late Corinth surge for key 1-4A win

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

FULTON – It started out relatively easy, then it took a gut-check for

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS tailback Chris Chandler runs through a Corinth defender, as Jamal Shumpert (32) looks to make his next block.

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IAHS tailback Chris Chandler runs through a Corinth defender, as Jamal Shumpert (32) looks to make his next block.

the Itawamba AHS Indians to pull out a 24-14 win over a determined Corinth Warrior squad in a huge division matchup.

The Indians weren’t exactly clicking on all cylinders, but managed to get the job done in the first half.

“We kind of sputtered a little bit on offense tonight, but the guys managed to make the plays down the stretch to get the win,” said IAHS head coach Clint Hoots. “Give Corinth credit. They had a good game plan and mixed up their blitzes on defense. It gave us some problems but we’re proud to get the win.”

The Indians struck first when senior quarterback Austin King hit Caleb Whittle for a 21-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, then again on the first play of the second half when junior tailback Chris Chandler broke loose up the middle for a 33-yard touchdown run.

Skylar Grissom banged home a 28-yard field goal to put IAHS up 17-0 at the half.

Things began to get testy for the Indians in the second half, however, as King hit a bump in the road after starting the contest 7-of-8 passing.

The Corinth defense didn’t sack King, but did a great job rushing throws to force King to complete just two of his final 15 attempts.

King finished just 9-of-23 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown, but did plenty of damage with his legs, running for 116 yards on 13 carries.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS junior kicker Skylar Grissom (88) watches his 28-yard second-quarter field goal sail through the uprights, in front of holder Lane Domino (4).

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IAHS junior kicker Skylar Grissom (88) watches his 28-yard second-quarter field goal sail through the uprights, in front of holder Lane Domino (4).

Following a failed IAHS fake punt, Corinth’s Jon D. Warren connected with Jawon Shields for a 35-yard touchdown on the Warriors’ second completed pass of the game, with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

On their next possession, Warren plunged in for a one-yard score to pull them within 17-14 with nine minutes still left on the clock.

King and sophomore tailback Lamarcus Rhodes put the offense on their backs with some hard running in the fourth quarter, and Rhodes provided the insurance score with a one-yard touchdown dive with just under four minutes to play, just after a Corinth neutral zone infraction sustained the drive.

With the passing game struggling, King and Rhodes got it done on the ground when it counted and rushed for nearly 200 yards combined.

“When they cut it to 17-14, we just didn’t look at the scoreboard. In our heads, it was still 0-0,” said King.

Rhodes finished the game with 75 yards and a score on 13 carries, and Whittle had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown to lead the IAHS offense.

Up next for the Indians is a tough Pontotoc squad, which sports a mirroring 6-1 overall record. The lone loss for each team is at the hands of Amory, the outcome could likely determine a home playoff berth for round one of the 4A playoffs.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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