By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
CORINTH – After a scoreless first quarter for both Corinth and Yazoo County, the first play of the second quarter proved key for the Warriors.
With Corinth’s first quarter drives ending on a punt and interception, Debrico Agnew’s opening quarter run of 62 yards put the Warriors on the board and ignited the Warriors offense to the tune of 382 yards.
Corinth finished off the Panthers 38-6 in a first round Class 4A playoff game and will travel to Louisville, winners over Senatobia 42-14, for second round action next week.
Agnew led Corinth’s 289-yard rushing attack with nine carries for 124 yards.
The Warriors also collected a huge game from wide receiver Brice Spence. Seeing his first true action since breaking an ankle six weeks ago against New Albany, Spence would catch two key touchdown passes to help Corinth pull away.
“My adrenaline was rushing very fast,” Spence said. “Glad to be back and playing with my team.”
Lew Johnson did a little bit of everything for Corinth (6-5). The senior compiled 208 all-purpose yards and even threw a block that impressed his coach Jimmy Mitchell.
“The block he made down here was unbelievable, I mean that’s the dang quarterback,” Mitchell said. “There is nothing Lew Johnson won’t do to help us win.”
Johnson completed 5 of 8 passes for 93 yards with three touchdown passes, adding a 16 yard scoring connection to Deione Weeks that put Corinth up 14-0 with 10:29 remaining in the second.
The senior also rushed for 44 yards and returned a punt 71 yards that set up John Mathis’s 34-yard second quarter field goal.
Past a Justin Mills second quarter touchdown run, the Corinth defense was equally impressive. The Warriors held Yazoo County (4-8) to 54 second half yards, only 14 in the third quarter.
“We really stepped up last week defensively and it carried over,” said Mitchell. “You know all of a sudden they begin to believe in themselves.”
Davorius James recovered two fumbles with each setting up Corinth scores. Demarkus Prather scored his first career touchdown late in the third.