By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Corinth running backs Robert White and Kendrick Williams pulled off a rare feat last week. They both rushed for 200-plus yards in the Warriors’ 43-12 against Bolivar (Tenn.) Central.
White had 27 carries for 277 yards and scored two touchdowns while Williams registered 22 carries for 234 yards and scored three times.
“It was very impressive,” said New Albany coach Ron Price, whose Bulldogs (2-2) host Corinth (3-0) tonight. “Even after contact, they were gaining four and five yards. We’re going to have our hands full.”
The fact that first-year Corinth head coach Doug Jones alternates White and Williams at fullback and tailback in the I-formation makes it tougher for opponents to get a read on the two juniors.
“There’s no rhyme or reason,” Jones said, referring to the swap. “There’s no difference in the carries in our offense. They have to block for each other.”
doing their thing
White, 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, and Williams, 6-0, 200, were both tailbacks in spring practice. They started alternating at fullback when the starter, Jordan Wetzel, was moved to defensive end.
“We feed off each other,” White said. “I get to do my thing and he gets to do his thing.”
Williams prefers playing tailback, but doesn’t mind lining up at fullback.
“Whoever gets the ball, gets the ball,” he said. “We wouldn’t have gained 200 yards each without our offensive line.”
Former South Panola assistant coach William Stewart coaches the O-line. The starters are center J.R. Burns, guards Brandon Strickland and Rodsheed Windom, tackles Robert Briggs and Jake Kushner and tight end Jon Mark Gardner.
Stewart has been pleased with his blockers’ contribution to the team’s impressive start, especially helping White and Williams rush for a combined 511 yards against Bolivar Central.
“We never had two backs rush for 200 yards in the same game when I was at South Panola,” Stewart noted.
Jones says the wide receivers – Brice Spence, Darius Gaines and Antonio – have also delivered as blockers.
“When you play receiver for Corinth, you’ve got to block,” he said.