By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Shannon Red Raiders head coach Darryl Carter basically was hoping his young team would find the end zone enough Friday versus the West Lowdnes Panthers.
Eight times was enough for the Raiders.
The Red Raiders ground game was digging a trench through its football field, highlighted by Diamante Pounds four TDs en route to a 55-0 victory.
“At least we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot like our first two games,” said Carter, in his first season at Shannon, with the Raiders mistakes contributing to season-opening loses in their previous two games. “We were searching for our first win, and the guys did some things well to help us get it tonight.”
One of the players who helped the Raider improve to 1-2 in their first home game of the season was running back Diamante Pounds. The sophomore rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns for Shannon, 192 of those yards in the first half.
“We gave him the ball and let him go,” Carter said. “For a young guy, he ran pretty good tonight.
“I guess I’m being hard on him, cause he did miss a couple of cuts out there tonight.”
Pounds and the Shannon offense did not miss much on the very first possession of the contest.
A 10-play 65-yard drive saw Pounds carry the football nine times. The final carry was a routine 2-yard run for the score, and Shannon never looked back.
Pounds eventually carried the ball 21 times out of Shannon’s 36 offensive plays of the first half. Mix in some nice defense setting up good field position, and the Raiders were a very repetitive team most of the opening half.
Not a bad thing for Carter.
Pounds added a 3-yard and a 7-yard score in the first quarter. Then closed out his scoring with a 4-yard TD run in the second quarter. Throw in a 5-yard scoring run by John Thomas Peugh, and Shannon held a 34-0 lead at the half.
“This was a big game for our defense, big for those guys,” Carter said. “We had been killing ourselves with mental mistakes.
“They were running to the ball good tonight.”
In the second half, Jasper Hunt added scoring runs of 1-yard and 3-yard, and Chavis Dilworth chipped in a 4-yard run for a TD.
Shannon is at Tupelo next, where Carter was an assistant.