PONTOTOC – Pontotoc High quarterback Canden Dallas cut his hand, but was able to come back and cut into the North Pontotoc defense to preserve a 21-13 victory on Saturday.
Dallas, who completed 6 of 14 passes for 120 yards and two TDs in the first half, left the game late in the second quarter with a severe cut on his throwing hand.
He would return midway through the fourth quarter when his replacement, freshman Rashad Dixon (5-foot-9, 160 pounds), was injured.
Dallas, who had his right hand heavily bandaged, carried the ball nine consecutive times, moving the ball from Pontotoc 35 to the Vikings’ 27, to run out the clock.
“We got in trouble today with the quarterback situation,” said Pontotoc head coach Charlie Dampeer, whose team finished the regular season at 8-2 overall and 3-2 in Division 1-4A. “Dixon is a ninth grader, and we only have certain things in with him, and Canden had a pretty good cut on his hand and couldn’t throw it, so we were trying to keep him out of the game.
“Then Rashad got a cramp, so Canden had to go back in.”
Nonetheless, Dallas had a productive day behind center, hooking up with Randall Crayton for a 17-yard touchdown – Crayton’s second TD in the first quarter – and with Jamar Elzie for a 43-yard score in the second quarter.
North Pontotoc, playing its first year in Class 4A, scored in the second quarter after a bad snap to Dallas on a punt set them up at Pontotoc’s 3-yard line. Joe Robbins ran it in for the score to keep the Vikings (6-4, 1-4) within 14-7 with 9:35 left until halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, North Pontotoc constructed a 14-play, 90-yard drive resulting in a 4-yard TD run by sophomore Shemiah Carter with 5:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“We proved to a lot of people that we can at least compete in 4A,” said first-year North Pontotoc coach J.J. Plummer. “These kids fought their tails off today. If we had a little bit more time on the clock, who knows what could have happened.”
Contributing: Jay Tidwell for the Pontotoc Progress.
– Corinth 42, Kossuth 0: Corinth responded from last week’s loss to Booneville with a 42-0 shutout of Kossuth on the road.
Diante Curlee was phenomenal yet again for the Warriors (6-4, 4-1 Division 1-3A), catching seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
He also had a 67-yard punt return for a score in the first quarter.
– Lafayette County 55, Lewisburg 7: Quarterback Jeremy Liggins accounted for three touchdowns – two rushing, one passing – to lead the Commodores to their 10th victory of the season.
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