Senatobia ousts IAHS from playoffs

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
SPORTS EDITOR

SENATOBIA – The Itawamba AHS Indians’ postseason appearance was a

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS linebacker Jamal Shumpert and defensive back Corey Mallory combine to take down a Senatobia ball carrier.

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IAHS linebacker Jamal Shumpert and defensive back Corey Mallory combine to take down a Senatobia ball carrier.

brief one. Senatobia, led by head coach and former IAHS defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley, jumped on the Indians early, getting an 18-yard touchdown run from tailback Maurice Toney on the second play from scrimmage.

It was a stalemate through the remainder of the first quarter and the first four minutes of the second, until the Warriors tacked on a field goal to take a 10-0 lead.

With just two minutes left in the half, Austin King found Mylon Harris for a 3-yard touchdown pass to cut the Senatobia lead to 10-7 and were set to receive the second half kickoff.

Unfortunately, the Warriors needed just a little over one minute to answer back. The blow proved severe for IAHS, as the Warriors started the second half on a 17-0 run before the Indians could score again when King found Caleb Whittle from 37 yards out for their final touchdown connection as IAHS teammates.

As the season comes to an end, the Indians got solid production from some of its top players.

Senior quarterback Austin King completed more than 50-percent of his passes for more than 2,000 passing yards with 20 touchdowns, while also accounting for 700 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS's Chris Chandler (8) tries to get by a Senatobia defender, as Russell Bunch (22) tries to get in position to block.

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IAHS’s Chris Chandler (8) tries to get by a Senatobia defender, as Russell Bunch (22) tries to get in position to block.

Sophomore tailback Lamarcus Rhodes took on the bulk of the rushing this season, getting nearly 180 carries and fell just short of the 1,000-yard mark. Rhodes also averaged nearly six yards per carry and nearly 100 yards per game.

Jamal Shumpert led the team in rushing touchdowns with six, as he played a vital role as a goal-line back. Shumpert finished with just over 140 rushing yards this season, in a short-distance capacity.

Senior wide receiver Caleb Whittle had the best receiving season in quite some time, tallying over 1,000 receiving yards on 52 catches and a team-high 11 touchdowns. Whittle had five interceptions on defense, with two being returned for touchdowns.

Fellow senior wideout Jaden Smith finished with more than 350 receiving yards on 19 catches, with five touchdowns, and also led the team in interceptions with seven, which was good enough for eighth in the state. Two of Smith’s interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

Defensively, Shumpert led the Indians with 129 total tackles -which was inside the state’s top-20- and averaged nearly 13 tackles per game, while picking off three passes, recovering one fumble and blocking a punt.

The Indians will lose key players off of this season’s squad, which finished 8-3. The 8-3 finish was the best since 2012 when the Ashton Shumpert-led Indians rattled off 12 straight wins before falling to Noxubee County in the third round of the playoffs.

“We have a good nucleus of players returning next season,” said head coach Clint Hoots. “Obviously, we’re going to miss some guys but we’re excited about what the future holds for Itawamba football.”

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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