By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Division 1-4A fans won’t have to wait until the end of the season to see a big-time matchup.
Two undefeated teams meet tonight in Corinth as Itawamba AHS (5-0) hits the road to open division play against the Warriors (5-0).
Itawamba is No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s Class 3A/4A rankings. Corinth is tied for fifth.
“It’s two good football teams. We’re going to run the football. They’re going to run the football,” Itawamba coach Toby Collums said. “It’s going to come down to who makes the fewest mistakes.”
Itawamba is averaging 36.8 points a game and Corinth scores 35. Corinth gives up 12 a game, IAHS allows 11.8.
Tyler Dossett has been more than solid for the Indians, throwing for 551 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
Oh, and the Indians happen to have 4-star back Ashton Shumpert back for the third game this season. The senior has exploded since getting back on the field with 354 yards on 30 carries with five scores.
Charles Moore is leading the Indians on the ground with 663 yards and 10 touchdowns on 73 touches.
Corinth coach Doug Jones said his team hasn’t gotten caught up in the hype around two undefeated teams.
Resisting the hoopla
“Everybody knows about Shumpert. The Moore kids sometimes get lost in the shuffle, but he’s a good player,” Jones said. “Our kids haven’t gotten caught up in the hoopla. It hasn’t been Itawamba this and Itawamba that. We’re trying to get better.”
Defensive back Keashun Gaston and linebacker Reginald White lead the Indians in tackles with 38 apiece.
Corinth quarterback Brady Allen has also yet to throw a pick and has five touchdowns. He has been backed by a huge year from interchangeable backs Robert White and Kendrick Williams. Williams has nine of the duo’s 13 touchdowns and 544 yards on 60 carries. White has 100 carries for 533 yards.
Brice Spence has caught four touchdowns. Kyoshi Agnew, a linebacker, leads the Warriors with 28 tackles.
“They’ve got those two backs and their offensive line is good,” Collums said. “Anytime they touch it, they have the potential to go the distance. And their two defensive tackles are a load.”