Blue Devils will be tested by air

Football stockBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Booneville may not want any more weeks off. The Blue Devils had 15 days to get ready for Friday’s game at rival Corinth.

After a 38-14 loss, they’ve dropped to 2-1 and three spots to No. 5 in the Journal’s Class 4A/3A rankings and are ready to get back out there and put a better taste in their mouths.

Corinth scored three touchdowns in less than two minutes late in the game. The Warriors ran for 339 yards – 309 and four touchdows from Kendrick Williams and Brice Spence. Booneville also had five turnovers.

“We got physically whipped and manhandled,” Booneville coach Mike Mattox said. “I don’t make excuses. They just whipped us.”

When Tishomingo County visits Friday, the Braves present a different challenge. The visitors (2-2) are coming off a 35-33 home win against Kossuth, where junior Blake Hawkins threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Hawkins has been hot. In two weeks, he has 592 yards for nine touchdowns and only one pick.

“We’re going to see what kind of ballclub we have,” Mattox said. “We play a tough Tish County. We’ve got to pick up the pieces and see if we can overcome what we did (Friday). It was embarrassing. I was embarrassed.”

Also on tap

There are some intriguing matchups this week. Aberdeen goes to No. 4 Class 4A/3A Itawamba AHS and in a battle of ranked teams, No. 2 small school Calhoun City is at Ripley to take on the Journal’s No. 1- ranked Class 4A/3A Tigers. Also, in 4A, New Albany goes to new No. 2 4A/3A school and previously unranked Corinth.

North Pontotoc enters the Journal 4A/3A rankings at No. 3 this week and has a second straight rivalry game at Pontotoc. Saltillo – coming off its first loss of the season against Tupelo – goes to Baldwyn. Baldwyn hasn’t beaten the Tigers since 2008.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com