By Zach Adams/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – Sometimes in rivalry games, the team with the the best record doesn’t always win.
Undefeated Itawamba AHS knew that going into Friday night’s home game against Shannon, but the Indians doused any hopes of an upset as they handled the Red Raiders, 41-6.
Running backs Ashton Shumpert and Charles Moore, combined for 271 yards and six touchdowns in the victory.
“We played alright, but we didn’t play up to our potential,” said Shumpert, who rushed for 182 yards and two scores. “We just can’t get caught looking ahead, we have continue to take it game by game.”
Itawamba AHS (7-0, 2-0 Division 1-4A) started slow in the first quarter as the Red Raider defense keyed in on the Indians’ powerful running game.
After swapping punts to begin the contest, Shannon (2-5, 1-1) was driving when one of their three quarterbacks, Devan Gilleylen, was picked off by Keashun Gaston at the IAHS 22.
A heavy dose of Shumpert on the ground, as well as completions from Tyler Dossett to Makel Hamer and Rico Burgess, led the Indians on a 13 play drive that was capped by a 2-yard Moore TD with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter.
Moore scored again early in the second, from 41 yards out, and was quickly followed by Shumpert, who got into the end zone on a 6-yard run that put IAHS up 21-0 at the half.
Two more Shumpert TDs, runs of 6 and 9 yards, marked the only scoring in the third. The second came when the Indians took advantage of a Austin Cauthern interception deep in Raider territory.
A 1-yard Moore jaunt midway through the fourth capped the Indians’ scoring. The Red Raiders got on the board with 4:10 to play when Wildcat quarterback Chavis Dilworth carried it in from 14 yards out.
‘We played hard’
“I think we played very physical football, which is what we asked them the kids to do,” said Itawamba coach Toby Collums. “From beginning to end, we played hard on both sides of the ball and played well on special teams.
“When you do that, every thing else will take care of itself.”
IAHS finished with 427 total yards, while Shannon had 230. Diamante Pounds led Shannon with 51 yards on 18 carries.