HOUSTON – New Pontotoc coach Scott Brown wants to make sure people know how to find the Warriors.
And that shouldn’t be too hard after they overcame early mistakes to knock off Houston 30-13 on high school football’s opening night.
The Warriors trailed 13-0 early in second quarter but scored 30 unanswered points as freshman quarterback Will Ard settled into a groove running the spread offense.
“He’s light years ahead of what you would expect for a kid his age,” Brown said.
The Warriors’ defense did not allow an offensive touchdown to the Toppers.
Houston (0-1) scored on interception returns by Jaquis Thornton of 50 yards and Denver McQuary of 12 yards.
“We weren’t dominant, we were opportunistic. We won the special teams battle, and that put us over the edge,” Brown said. “We’re just glad to get a win. Houston is a quality program, a playoff contender every year. We knew they would be a solid opponent.”
Down 13-0, Ard led a touchdown drive that culminated with a 1-yard run by Jon Hall with 8 minutes, 7 seconds left in the second quarter.
Less than 3 minutes later Ard passed 7 yards to Donte Freeman. The Warriors (1-0) led 14-13 at the break and would not trail again.
Pontotoc produced a big special teams play to start the second half as Jarren McKinzie took the opening kick 80 yards for a score.
The Warriors added a safety later in the third quarter. They put the game out of reach with 5 minutes remaining when Jacob Moorman scored on an 8-yard run.
“Our defense played lights out, and they’re the reason we won the game,” Brown said.
The message in Week 2 for a team coming off a 4-7 season will be simple.
“We just want to stay hungry and put Pontotoc back on the football map,” Brown said.