TUPELO – Itawamba AHS is going to leave its “3M” brand on a lot of opponents this season.
Last week, it was Amory, a 49-7 loser. Friday night, Tupelo felt the pain, falling 35-13.
The “3M” boys are quarterback Maikhail Miller, tight end Dillon Mitchell and running back Deshawn McGaughy, who all supplied touchdowns in the visiting Indians’ victory against the Golden Wave.
Miller, a junior, passed for 240 yards and added 86 yards rushing and a TD to pace the Indians (2-0), who are ranked No. 4 in the Daily Journal’s large school rankings. He completed 12-of-19 passes, one an 18-yard scoring strike to Mitchell, who finished the night with nine catches for 171 yards and two TDs.
McGaughy added 57 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored on a 3-yard run in the first half.
“We’re hard to defend,” IAHS coach Jamie Mitchell said. “I thought Maikhail and Dillon made play after play … after play. I don’t know if Dillon (his son) has had a better game.”
“Those guys have to make plays for us to be successful, but we’ve got other playmakers, too.”
Tupelo defensive coordinator Lamar Aldridge had enough of what the Indians had to offer offensively.
“Give them credit, they beat our socks off,” he said. “Their quarterback’s got a great arm.”
The loss was the second straight of the young season for the Golden Wave (0-2), who dropped a 28-17 decision to New Hope last week.
“I thought we played real sloppy in the first half,” Golden Wave head coach Eric Collins said. “I thought we came back and played better in the second half. It’s something we can build on.”
Tupelo visits Louisville next week while IAHS hosts Lafayette County.
Miller and Mitchell were deadly in the first half through the airways.
Miller completed 10-of-14 passes for 213 yards, with Mitchell catching seven for 146 yards and two touchdowns to help the Indians forge a 28-7 halftime lead.
One of Mitchell’s TDs came off a pass on a fake field goal with 19 seconds remaining in the first half. Kevin Marks, the holder, rolled to his left on the play and lofted the pass to a wide-open Mitchell in the end zone.
The Indians took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by McGaughy and a 20-yard scamper by Ashton Shumpert from the Wildcat formation.
Tupelo’s lone first-half score came late in the first quarter on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Luke Hobson, who started in place of starter Nathan Wallace, who was sideline all week with the swine flu.
A fumble on a punt return by IAHS gave the Golden Wave the ball at the Indians’ 7-yard line.
In the second half, Miller scored on a 23-yard run for the Indians and Hobson added another 1-yard score for the Golden Wave.
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