By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
It would be easy to label the unbeaten Itawamba AHS Indians as “Ashton Shumpert’s team.”
Shumpert is a 4-star recruit with 10 offers on the table. He took in an official visit to Georgia on Saturday and has Southeastern Conference coaches burning up his phone.
Add that to his 236 yards on nine carries in Friday’s 48-13 win at Corinth and it makes labeling the Journal’s top-ranked Indians his team even easier.
But that’s not the case inside Itawamba’s locker room. With a team rising to the top of Class 4A, Shumpert is a huge piece of the puzzle, but he’s only one piece.
“Their quarterback’s good too and they’re well coached. We knew that coming in,” Corinth coach Doug Jones said.
Quarterback Tyler Dossett is another piece.
If anyone should have been worried about his spot when Shumpert transferred back home from two seasons at Tupelo, it should have been senior back Charles Moore. Moore was coming off a junior season where he ran for 1,312 yards. Moore is more than happy to have Shumpert alongside.
Friday, the two combined for 384 yards and six touchdowns on 27 carries.
“Charles Moore is so unselfish,” Itawamba coach Toby Collums said. “People worrying about Charles worried about losing carries, this and that and the other, he just wants to win.”
Tuck and run
Dossett isn’t afraid to tuck the ball and run – and on Friday he made big throws when he had to, including a 14-yarder to Drew Coleman on third down during the third scoring drive.
There’s also receiver Brico Burgess, who caught six passes for 85 yards against Corinth.
The offensive line is providing holes for two backs that only need a small space to make something happen. The defense didn’t let Corinth near the 50-yard line many times and when it did, there were a couple of sacks from Luke Harris and Austin Cauthern. Linebacker Reginald White had nine tackles.
“We wanted the goose egg,” said Shumpert, who had four tackles. “Unfortunately they got 13, so we’re going to try next week to get the goose egg.”
The Indians will host Shannon on Friday. Shannon beat IAHS 35-18 last season is is also 1-0 in Division 1-4A.