By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – A big halftime talk by Amory coach Trent Hammond was just what the Panthers needed Friday to roll to a second straight division win.
Up just 14-0 going into halftime, Amory came out blazing in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points in the third quarter for a 41-7 win over Corinth at Longenecker Field.
“The first half we kind of struggled and shot ourselves in the foot,” Hammond said. “We were a little bit too anxious at times, but it got better in the second half.”
The loss spoiled a return home for former Amory player and Corinth first-year head coach Doug Jones.
After a pair of defensive stops by the Amory defense, the Panthers got on the board late in the first quarter when Tanner Poole went in for a field goal attempt and instead threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Jaylon Fair.
“We spent a lot of time on special teams this week,” Hammond said. “That carried us in the first half, and our defense played hats off as well and gave our offense the time to heat up.”
Penalties would trouble Amory (7-1, 2-0) for rest of the half, but the Panthers got a break with a fumble by Corinth running back Kendrick Williams at the Warriors’ 3. Amory QB Jon David Poss would find the end zone two plays later on a scoring run.
The Panthers’ defense would force another turnover before halftime when Hayden Williams recovered a fumble by Corinth QB Brady Allen at midfield.
A high-scoring third quarter for Amory put the game out of reach. Abaris Woodrick and Dario Robinson added TD runs of 40 and 43 yards, and Poss threw his first TD pass of the game, a 60-yard scoring strike to Devin McIntosh. He later added a 33-yard TD throw to Woodrick in the fourth quarter.
“Coach got into us at halftime and really got our minds working,” Poss said. “We came out a little slow, but we got focused and did what we needed to do to win the second half.”
Corinth’s lone score of the game came halfway through the fourth quarter when a 40-yard run from Kendrick Williams set up Robert White’s score from 12 yards out. The two backs were held to a combined 96 yards.
Poss finished 21 for 35 passing for 243 yards and 2 TDs; McIntosh was his leading receiver with four catches for 110 yards.