By Jay Tidwell
Special to the Journal
CORINTH – Corinth is hitting its stride at an ideal time.
Brice Spence ran for 125 yards, John Michael McFall made a pair of field goals, and the Warriors defense got to the Itawamba AHS quarterback in the second half in a 20-9 win against the Indians on Friday.
Kyoshi Agnew and Kendrick Williams added 88 yards apiece on the ground for Corinth (8-1, 3-0 in 1-4A).
The win places the Warriors, ranked No. 3 statewide in Class 4A and No. 2 in Class 4A/3A by the Journal, securely atop Div. 1-4A.
“I think we’re playing really good on defense right now, and that’s really good this time of year,” said Corinth coach Doug Jones. “Offensively, we’re clicking, and we get a little better each week. I’m pleased with that.”
Itawamba AHS got on the board first when Dontae Lee chased down Antares Gwyn and sacked him at the goal line for a safety with just under a minute left in the opening period.
Corinth comes back
Corinth’s Deonte Keith recovered a fumble at the Indians’ 30-yard line and Agnew scored three plays later on a 19-yard run.
Spence next scored on a 25-yard run to give Corinth a 14-2 lead with 3:43 remaining in the half.
“We had our mind set and decided to go out there and do what we do,” said Gwyn, a 6-foot-3 sophomore. “We’re practicing hard, being coachable, and pushing each other.”
Itawamba AHS (5-3, 2-1) covered 80 yards in four plays, finishing with a 14-yard toss from Vijay Miller to Mike King to trim the deficit to 14-9.
McFall booted a 32-yard field goal to end the first half. He connected on a 38-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Itawamba took over at its 24 with 4:50 remaining in the contest, but Corinth tackled Miller for a loss four times and forced a turnover on downs at the Indians’ 15. Deonta Williams, Zantario Jacobs, and Cody Davis recorded sacks in the series.
“Corinth is a good football team and has a lot of team speed,” said Itawamba coach Toby Collums. “I don’t think we played really well, but I will put that on me. We kept our defense on the field way too long.”