By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
TUPELO – Even on the winning track the Tupelo Golden Wave are traveling nine games into the 2013 season, every game is a learning experience.
The classroom got a bit tense Friday night, but the Wave passed another Division 1-6A test, downing a determined DeSoto Central Jaguars squad 38-21.
“We finished the game,” Tupelo head coach Trent Hammond said. “We lined up and played physical in the second half.
“We won, but give the other team some credit, they are a very good team.”
In a pairing of second place teams in the division, the usual Tupelo (8-1, 4-1) team effort showed up at the right places at the right times of this contest.
The Wave opened the first quarter in convincing fashion, scoring a pair of touchdowns, beginning with a 23-yard run by Rodney McIntosh on the first possession of the game. The second possession was another TD, this a 1-yard plunge by Quinn Tiggs.
In the first quarter, Tupelo ran 22 plays compared to DeSoto Central’s six.
But them momentum changed in the second period, with the Jaguars (6-4, 3-2) getting a TD on a 12-yard run by Alan Lamar. Sandwiched around a 37-yard field goal by Reed Bigham, the Central back then added a 2-yard scoring run, going into the intermission only trailing 17-14.
‘Great team win’
“Coach gave us a good speech at the half,” said Tiggs, the Tupelo senior running back. “Our offensive line was a big key for us tonight, and this was a great team win.”
Tupelo controlled the entirety of the second half better, beginning with a third quarter score as Deamio Garmon hauled in a 44-yard pass from Daniel Bristow. Tupelo pushed that to a 31-14 lead in the fourth period on a 3-yard run by Reed Taylor.
Central tried to counter with a 98-yard kick return for the TD by Grant Kimberlin. But Tupelo iced the win with a 12-play drive, capped by a 7-yard Jarvis Wilson run.