By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – New Corinth football coach Doug Jones has two weeks before his Warriors open the regular season.
He’ll use those 13 days to fix issues from Saturday’s 6-0 loss against Hernando in the Oxford Jamboree at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“I thought our guys did a real good job of competing,” Jones said. “I’ve got to do a better job of coaching us on offense.”
The Warriors host Kossuth on Aug. 24.
Hernando had three long drives. Corinth stopped two of them on fumble recoveries, one in the red zone when Antares Gwyn recovered a fumble on the game’s opening drive.
The second long drive was again powered by the run and ended in a 10-yard touchdown run from Chris Pastore.
A sack and fumble recovery ended a late drive to give Corinth one last chance.
“We still haven’t seen ourselves in a full game but this will give us some stuff to work on,” Jones said.
Corinth’s final drive went 32 yards to the 19 after a 27-yard pass from Brady Allen to Brice Spence, but an interception iced it for Hernando.
EAST SIDE 8, ABERDEEN 7
A touchdown from Barron Burns and two-point conversion from quarterback Jonathan Beamon with 3:21 to play gave Cleveland East Side the win.
Aberdeen scored first on a 44-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Josh Williams to Sammie Burroughs.
On the game’s opening drive, the Bulldogs drove 48 yards to the East Side 22 behind the legs of junior back Chico Harrison and a 14-yard run from Jeremy Brandon on third-and-11. The drive stalled on a fourth-and-1.
“I thought we played well overall, offensively and defensively,” first-year coach Mark Bray said. “We’ve got to get better play out of our quarterback.”
Williams missed a handful of open receivers for potential touchdown passes.
The defense had a sharp effort with some crowd-pleasing hits, Jahrel Wilson and Justin Lucas among them. The Bulldogs held on a first-and-goal with a stop at the 1 in the second quarter.