By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Last week’s loss to undefeated Itawamba AHS didn’t leave a good taste in Amory wide receiver Dario Robinson’s mouth.
The senior rebounded on Friday with three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 27-14 win over Pontotoc for their fourth 1-4A victory.
“We had trouble getting things going as a group. I was glad to have a good night,” Robinson said. “We were hungry for a win after last week.”
After a turnover-filled beginning of the game for both teams, Amory (9-2, 4-1) got on the board midway through the first quarter on Devin McIntosh’s 47-yard TD run.
An offsides penalty against Pontotoc on a Fernando Sanchez field goal attempt brought the Panthers’ offense back on the field to set up the first of Robinson’s three scores, an 8-yard TD run.
Robinson gave Amory a 20-0 lead with four minutes before halftime on his 46-yard punt return for a score.
Pontotoc (4-7, 1-4) got on the board with a minute left in the half with Tre Freeman catching a 13-yard scoring strike from Marcus Reed.
“I didn’t think we played really well at all tonight. We played good enough to win,” Amory coach Trent Hammond said. “Good enough to win won’t get us very far next week.”
Robinson added his third TD of the night on a 45-yard pass from Jon David Poss midway through the third quarter, but the Warriors’ defense held Amory scoreless for the rest of the game.
Freeman grabbed his second scoring catch as the clock expired on a 9-yard pass from Reed.
“We played hard, but we’ve had the same problem every week. It’s all about making mistakes,” Pontotoc coach Ken Byars said. “We played well, but had too many turnovers, penalties and missed tackles. You’re not going to beat anyone like that.”
Robinson finished with 98 yards on 11 carries and also caught seven passes for 160 yards. Poss was 13 of 23 passing for 231 yards.
Amory will host Houston for the first round of the playoffs next week.
“We know they’re a good football team. It’s not very often you come out with a 9-2 team as your first-round opponent,” Hammond said. “We’ll have our work cut out for us.”