Corinth won’t be complacent in tougher start

BY BRANDON SPECK
DAILY JOURNAL

If the coach-speak of “Play the best to be the best” holds true, Corinth is on the right path.

The Warriors opened up the 2013 season last week with a 28-0 win against Alcorn County rival Kossuth.

Don’t bet on too many more zeros on the board, but wins are the goal anyway.
Lewisburg, Booneville, New Albany and Aberdeen are all lined up before division play starts. But first, there is 4A Lafayette tonight.

The early games last season, as Corinth got off to a 5-0 start, don’t stack up as high as these on paper.

“I don’t think you can really compare last year to this year. It’s hard to compare,” Corinth coach Doug Jones said. “Don’t get complacent. I’d say that’s been the biggest thing. We don’t want to be satisfied. Last year I think that hurt us.”
Corinth averaged 35 points a game in that perfect start and allowed only 12. This year’s slate trades two teams that finished a combined 3-18 for much tougher tests in Lewisburg and Aberdeen, both road games. Tough home tests against Booneville and New Albany remain.

Friday, Kendrick Williams had 144 yards and two touchdowns. And Jones complimented the game management of sophomore quarterback Antares Gwyn.

‘Typical Week 1’
Lafayette is coming off a season-opening loss at Tupelo. Corinth may not be able to turn the ball over three times like it did last week and get away with it.

“Typical Week 1 things. Obviously you can’t do that,” Jones said. “To win, you’ve got to hold on to the football. That’s been a point of emphasis this week.”

Jones had the Warriors doing security drills this week, as well as trying to improve tackling. There were plenty of good things to take away as well.

Jones said the shutout was preserved despite their backs against the wall with Kossuth threatening to score a couple of times.

Lafayette found the end zone three times at Tupelo, two on runs from speedy Ole Miss commit D.K. Buford.

“We’re going to have to play fast,” Jones said. “They’re extremely fast and extremely talented. We’re not going to back down.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com