By Scotty Nichols
Itawamba County Times
FULTON – Itawamba AHS head coach Clint Hoots said that Austin King was a true quarterback, despite having started at wide receiver and safety over the past three seasons.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior completed 8-of-12 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 36 yards and adding a score on the ground as the Indians beat Ripley 28-0 on Friday.
“This was a solid team win,” Hoots said. “We played well on each side of the ball and made big plays that wound up making the difference. Austin threw some nice balls that turned into big yards.”
King hit several big plays, including a 56-yard completion to Mylon “Lite Brite” Harris on a 3rd-and-18 near IAHS’ own goal line to set up a 30-yard scoring strike to Jaden Smith in the second quarter. He then hit Caleb Whittle for a huge 87-yard strike in the third.
Sophomore tailback Lamarcus Rhodes contributed 91 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown in his debut as the feature back.
“Their size and athleticism made the difference,” said Ripley coach Chad Cook. “Hats off to Itawamba. They were the better team tonight.”
Owen Childs rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries to pace the Tigers.