By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
CORINTH – Jimmy Mitchell knew from film entering his team’s home game against Amory that Forest Williams could throw the football. He also knew Williams had dangerous weapons to throw the ball to.
Williams and company recorded another tremendous night through the air as the Panthers moved to 2-0 in Division 1-4A with a 48-21 victory over Corinth.
“He put it right where nobody else could get it,” the Corinth coach said. “The thing about it, he was good tonight, and every video we got he was the same way.”
The senior quarterback had one of the best nights of his career, completing 28 of 41 passes for 449 yards with six touchdown passes.
Believe it or not, though, it was not a career high for Williams.
“No, last year he threw for 586 and ran for 115 one time,” Amory coach Trent Hammond said.
Williams’ six scoring strikes went to four different receivers. Four of those touchdowns came in a 28-point second quarter that put Amory up 35-7 at halftime.
Corinth (3-4, 1-1) struck first late in the first quarter as Lew Johnson hit Debrico Agnew for a 26-yard touchdown pass that gave the Warriors a temporary 7-0 lead.
However, after going three-and-out on their first two drives, it would take Amory one play to respond to Corinth’s score. Williams found a wide-open Devin McIntosh and 83 yards later the game sat at 7-7.
Touchdown passes to Jaylon Fair, Dario Robinson, and McIntosh ensued the following quarter to open the game up for the Panthers (6-2).
“Once we caught the long pass and we answered their score with a one-play score, from there we were after it,” said Hammond. “We’ve got a deep stable and when they get their chance they make plays.”
Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run and Jose’ Contreras’s 66-yard interception return off Jon David Poss made it 41-21 after three quarters.
Zach Khima’s 15-yard fumble return for a TD rounded out Amory’s scoring.
Amory’s win sets up a huge 1-4A matchup next week as the Panthers host rival Shannon, also 2-0 in division play.