By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
NETTLETON – John David Poss hears his predecessor’s name whispered here and there, but the Amory quarterback is too busy making his own name to pay much mind.
Poss passed for 318 yards and six touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Panthers rolled to a 56-20 victory over Nettleton on Saturday night. Through two games, the sophomore has looked mighty comfortable stepping into the shoes of Forest Williams, who tossed 55 touchdowns last year.
“You’ll hear it around town, but I try not to think about it and just try to help my team win some ball games,” said Poss. “Do what I’ve got to do.”
Poss was 13 of 18 passing.
It was 50-7 at halftime, by which point Amory (2-0), the No. 4 team in the Daily Journal 4A/3A rankings, had 447 yards. Poss had thrown TDs to four different receivers, and for good measure rushed for 55 yards for the second straight week.
“Credit to that young sophomore quarterback,” Amory coach Trent Hammond said. “He did what he’s got to do. Our five skill guys are pretty dang good.”
Amory’s defense had a pretty good night, too. Nettleton (0-2) finished with 239 total yards, but only 87 in the first half.
Tigers quarterback Dakota Gruber made a lot of good throws that his receivers simply dropped. The junior was 13 of 26 for 144 yards.
Nettleton tried to stay on the attack early, but its first two possessions ended with fourth-down failures on its own side of the field. Amory turned those into a pair of Poss TDs to give the Panthers a 15-0 lead.
“Yeah, we were trying to keep their offense off the field, but when you can’t catch the football, it’s tough to do,” first-year Nettleton coach Mike Scott said. “We’re struggling with that right now.”
It was 30-0 after one quarter.
Nettleton finally scored on Cruber’s 4-yard run in the second quarter, but Poss answered with a 74-yard scoring strike to Devin McIntosh, who also scored on a 32-yard catch.
Abaris Woodrick had four catches for 93 yards and two TDs, while Dario Robinson scored twice through the air and a third time on the ground.
Amory finished with 543 total yards, including 207 rushing.