Corinth Warriors eager to get a grip

08301322 Doug JonesBY BRANDON SPECK

Corinth football coach Doug Jones is starting to sound like a broken record, and he’s more than ready for a new tune.

He’s tired of singing about turnovers and ineffective offense.

“I coach those guys that hold onto the ball. I’ll take full responsibility for that,” Jones said. “We’ve got to get that fixed.”

Even in a 28-0 season-opening win against Kossuth, turnovers were a concern. The Warriors lost two fumbles in Friday’s loss to Lafayette and also suffered an interception in the end zone.

The Warriors (1-1) gave up 28 points to Lafayette, but Jones said a lot of that was due to his defense being on the field too long. Corinth was held to 80 total yards of offense, the lowest output in Jones’ two seasons – 13 games.

The Warriors won’t get a break this week. They go to Lewisburg before hosting No. 3 Booneville in two weeks.

“We’ve got to do a better job offensively of giving them a chance,” Jones said. “I felt like they contained Lafayette’s offense, for the most part, until they just got worn down.

“I kind of put that off on the offense and I coach offense, so again, that comes back on me.”

Rankings update
Only two Journal-ranked teams lost last week, one of those to another ranked team. No. 3 large school Starkville lost at home against top-ranked Oxford.

Saltillo moves into the rankings after improving to 2-0 with a 41-0 win at Pontotoc. Saltillo junior Diamante Pounds continued to carry the load with 178 yards rushing. He now has 408 yards and five total touchdowns on the season.

All five teams in the Class 4A/3A rankings won, led by No. 1 Ripley’s 46-27 win against North Pontotoc.

In the small school rankings, Calhoun City remains atop, but Walnut moves in at No. 5 after upsetting previous No. 4 Falkner in a wild Joe Bowl.

(Last week in parentheses)
Class 6A/5A
1. Oxford (1, 2-0) beat Starkville 35-24. Next: Cleveland East Side

2. Tupelo (2, 2-0) beat Center Hill 27-3. Next: at Shannon

3. Saltillo (NR, 2-0) beat Pontotoc 41-0. Next: vs. Itawamba AHS

Class 4A/3A
1. Ripley (1, 2-0) beat North Pontotoc 46-27. Next: Falkner

2. Shannon (2, 1-0) did not play. Next: Tupelo

3. Booneville (3, 2-0) beat Baldwyn 19-6. Next: Off this week

4. Nettleton (4, 2-0) beat Mooreville 62-24. Next: at East Webster

5. Itawamba AHS (5, 1-1) beat New Albany 14-10. Next: at Saltillo

Class 2A/1A
1. Calhoun City (1, 2-0) beat Houston 30-13. Next: at Water Valley

2. Smithville (2, 2-0) beat Hatley 49-18. Next: at Caledonia

3. Bruce (3, 2-0) beat Potts Camp 39-8. Next: Coffeeville

4. East Webster (5, 2-0) beat Noxapater 20-19. Next: Nettleton

5. Walnut (NR, 1-1) beat Falkner 38-33. Next: at Alcorn Central

Coahoma County at Houlka

Aberdeen at Amory

Baldwyn at Mooreville

Biggersville at Benton County

Calhoun City at Water Valley

Choctaw County at North Pontotoc

Coffeeville at Bruce

Corinth at Lewisburg

East Side at Oxford

East Union at Potts Camp

Falkner at Ripley

Hamilton at Hatley

Houston at Okolona

H.W. Byers at Coldwater

Itawamba AHS at Saltillo

Lafayette at Desoto Central

Mantachie at South Pontotoc

Marshall Aca. at Tunica Aca.

Nettleton at East Webster

New Site at Kossuth

North Sunflower at Calhoun Aca.

Noxapater at Vardaman

Pontotoc at New Albany

Smithville at Caledonia

Southern Baptist at Holly Springs

Starkville at West Point

Starkville Academy at Washington

Tishomingo County at Belmont

Tri-County at Oak Hill

Tupelo at Shannon

Walnut at Alcorn Central

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