Indians roll past rival Tishomingo County on senior night

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

FULTON – With a playoff spot locked up, the Itawamba AHS Indians hosted

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS junior linebacker Jamal Shumpert has led the Indians with more than 130 tackles on the season, and intercepted three passes to help lead the team to a 31-8 win over Tishomingo County in the regular season finale last Friday.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
IAHS junior linebacker Jamal Shumpert has led the Indians with more than 130 tackles on the season, and intercepted three passes to help lead the team to a 31-8 win over Tishomingo County in the regular season finale last Friday.

rival Tishomingo County on senior night last Friday and blew out the Braves, 31-8, to finish the regular season with an 8-2 overall record.
The Indians raced out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter on the legs of senior quarterback Austin King, who shined in his final regular-season football game as an Indian.
King set up the first touchdown of the night, an eight-yard toss from himself to fellow senior Caleb Whittle, with a nice 61-yard scamper on a read-option play with just under six minutes to play in the opening quarter.
King later found Jaden Smith for a 35-yard touchdown pass on the Indians’ first possession of the second quarter, giving IAHS a 14-0 lead.
Things went further south for the visiting Braves on the ensuing kickoff. The kick was mishandled by a Tishomingo County return man, and the Indians recovered inside the 20-yard line.
Moe Bellamy punched it in from a yard away just 20 seconds after Smith’s touchdown reception, giving the Indians a commanding 21-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, Indian linebacker Jamal Shumpert made a nice grab to intercept a Tishomingo County pass and set up the Indians for a score less than a minute before the half, when Skylar Grissom booted a 29-yard field goal to put IAHS up 24-0.
The interception was Shumpert’s second of the night, as his first one set up King’s touchdown pass to Smith earlier in the second quarter.
About half of the third quarter rolled by before Shumpert pulled off the hat trick, with his third interception of the night.
This time, Shumpert made a phenomenal play as he dove to the turf just after snagging the pass with his fingertips, and maintained possession through the fall.
The third pick set up his own touchdown run, as coach Clint Hoots and Co. rewarded Shumpert for his play with the goal line carry that put the Indians up 31-0.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS quarterback Austin King tries to get to the edge against the Tishomingo County defense. King rushed for 106 yards on just five carries.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS quarterback Austin King tries to get to the edge against the Tishomingo County defense. King rushed for 106 yards on just five carries.

Tishomingo County finally got on the scoreboard when Tayvious Duckett broke a five-yard run with less than a minute to go in the third, then Duckett added the two-point conversion run before an eventually-scoreless fourth quarter would roll by.
King completed 7-of-14 pass attempts for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while adding another 106 rushing yards on just five carries in the first half.
Smith hauled in three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, while Whittle reeled in two passes for 47 yards and a score before exiting the game, for precautionary reasons, with an injury.
Shumpert has led the Indian defense with more than 130 tackles on the season but hasn’t been able to secure an interception, before snagging three against the Braves.
The three picks led to 17 IAHS points and were instrumental in the blowout win.
The Indians finish as the No.3-seed in division 1-4A and will travel to Senatobia, who is coached by former IAHS defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley, for their round-one playoff matchup 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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