Amory Panthers rally at home, deal Calhoun City Wildcats their first loss

By NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – Forest Williams threw three touchdown passes and led an Amory onslaught in the third quarter as the Panthers rallied at home to knock Calhoun City from the ranks of the unbeatens.
The Wildcats, No. 1 in the Daily Journal’s ranking of area small schools, were coming off a convincing 20-6 win over Eupora last week.
Calhoun City (5-1) started strong against Amory (4-2) with touchdown runs of 7 and 20 yards from Cartin McBride.
But Amory’s defensive coaches regrouped at halftime and, and the Wildcats didn’t score again.
“We really didn’t change that much. We had a couple of guys doing the wrong assignments,” Amory coach Trent Hammond said. “Our coaches came in and were able to figure that out. They talked with everybody and got the kids lined back up and doing what they had game-planned to do.”
With the defense back on track Williams took over. A senior and third-year starter, Williams made the right reads in erasing a 13-7 halftime deficit with a 21-yard pass to Devin McIntosh.
Later in the third Williams scored on an 8-yard run, and Amory was ahead 21-13 going to the fourth quarter.
Williams put the game out of reach with a 5-yard pass to McIntosh.
The Panthers’ depth at wide receiver showed on the clinching touchdown drive with a couple of big catches from Jaylon Fair.
“It was his first time to play, and he really came through,” Hammond said. “He made some big catches to keep us moving, get some first downs and put us in position.”
Williams got the Panthers on the board in the second quarter, his 12-yard toss to Dario Robinson coming between McBride’s scoring runs.
“He’s started a bunch of games for us,” Hammond said. “He’s been in the system for two years, and he really understands it. We also have five really good wideouts, and all of them make plays.”