By NEMS Daily Journal
Corinth’s first-year head coach Doug Jones got a solid performance from his offense and defense in the Warriors’ 34-7 season-opening home win against Kossuth.
“Our team knew this was a rivalry game and they answered the bell,” said Jones, a former assistant for Bobby Hall at Madison Central.
Kendrick Williams rushed for 112 yards and a 72-yard TD run while Robert White added 102 yards and a 40-yard score for Corinth.
Warriors QB Brady Allen was 2-of-3 passing for 106 yards and two TDs covering 26 and 80 yards to Brice Spence.
The defense held Kossuth to 99 yards on 53 plays.
Also on Friday
Lafayette 41, Greenwood 0: The Commodores, ranked No. 1 in the Journal’s 3A-4A rankings, won their 34th consecutive game.
Alec Michael scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards and on a 75-yard interception return for Lafayette. Running back D.K. Buford had a 5-yard TD run and returned a punt 89 yards for a score.
Joshua Berry had an 18-yard interception return for a TD for the 2-0 Commodores, who play Oxford next Thursday in the Crosstown Classic.
Oxford 21, Charleston 18: The Chargers, behind two TD passes by Parker Adamson, improved to 2-0.
Adamson’s scoring strikes were for 35 and 77 yards to Nick Brown. The final TD came in the third quarter and gave Oxford a 21-12 lead. Jarius Barnes scored on a 13-yard run in the first half for the Chargers.
Bruce 47, Vardaman 0: The Trojans, powered by Tae Armstrong’s 150 yards rushing and 49-yard punt return for a TD, scored all 47 points in the first half to defeat the visiting Rams, who fell to 0-2.
Bruce QB Davis Brown was 8-of-8 passing with TD passes of 20 and 30 yards to Rashad Turner and 10 yards to Zay Armstrong
Bruce, 2-0, also got a 55-yard punt return for a TD from Shaq Bush.
Hernando 30, Pontotoc 21: Travus McMahon rushed for three TDs and passed for another to lead Hernando past Pontotoc, now 1-1.
McMahon’s 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter clinched the road win for the Tigers.
Deonte Dillworth scored on runs of 9 and 74 yards for Pontotoc. Marcus Reed added a 2-yard TD run for the Warriors.
Marshall Academy 54, Tunica 21: Aaron McAlexander caught two TD passes from quarterback Dakota Daily and returned a pass interception 80 yards for a score in the Patriots’ win.
Madison Central 24, Starkville 8: Starkville, playing without all-state quarterback Gabe Myles, fell to 0-2 with the road loss.
Preston Baker scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter for the Yellow Jackets’ lone TD.
Middleton, Tenn. 37, TCPS 9: Zachary Tybor rushed for 181 yards and scored a TD on an 8-yard run for Tupelo Christian Prep, whose record dropped to 0-2 with the road loss.
Conner Christman kicked a 24-yard field goal on the game’s final play for the Eagles.
Tishomingo Co. 72, Alcron Central 6: Gable Butler had TD receptions for 18 and 22 yards, the added a 65-yard punt return to lead the Braves.
South Pontotoc 34, Ethel 20: Cougars QB Alex Pannell scored on runs of 1, 8, 31 and 37 yards to give his team its first victory.
East Webster 14, Okolona 6: East Webster improved to 2-0 on the strength of a 40-yard fumble return. The Wolverines struck first and led 6-0 until Okolona’s Tyson Eddie and Rudy Fells connected on a 65-yard pass play.
Holly Springs 20, JFK 7: The Hawks improved to 1-1 behind Kevin Jones, who scored on TD runs of 6, 30 and 46 yards.
DeSoto Central 28, Potts Camp 0: The Cardinals, 1-1, a 2A independent, lost to the 6A Jaquars.
Calhoun Academy 46, Macon Central 6: The Cougars improved to 2-0 with a home victory.
Heritage 19, Starkville Academy 6: The Volunteers saw their record slip to 1-1 with their home loss.
Oak Hill 27, Winston Academy 21: The Raiders, winless a year ago, improved to 2-0 with the win.