By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Itawamba AHS scored touchdowns on its first six possessions. Corinth punted on its first six.
In a battle of unbeaten teams, that told the tale as Itawamba beat Corinth 48-13 Friday night to open Division 1-4A play.
It was never close between two Daily Journal-ranked teams. No. 5 Class 3A/4A Corinth had one first down in the first half and crossed midfield once.
Ashton Shumpert, in his third game of the season, scored on runs of 34, 37 and 60 yards.
“He was amped up before the game. All these guys were,” Itawamba coach Toby Collums said. “I can’t say enough about our offensive line.”
Fellow back Charles Moore scored three straight touchdowns on runs of 23, 7 and 5.
That was all in the first half. Shumpert had 231 yards on nine first-half carries. Moore had 106 yards on 19 carries.
“They lined up and hit us in the mouth. You’ve got to give them all the credit,” Corinth coach Doug Jones said. “Shumpert is as advertised and I didn’t really feel like we came out ready to play and that’s my fault.”
Itawamba (6-0, 1-0) quarterback Tyler Dossett had a touchdown run called back on the Indians’ third possession but Moore ran it in later. Shumpert may have been touched twice on his 60-yard touchdown and on his opening 34-yard run, the recruit drove right through a defender.
Dossett, who had a 15-yard touchdown run, was 7 for 12 for 102 yards, 84 of those to Brico Burgess on four catches.
“We were trying to make a statement,” Shumpert said. “I think we made a pretty good statement.”
Itawamba punted for the first time at the 3:28 mark of the first half and got three of the game’s four turnovers. When the Warriors did get good field position late in the first half, Itawamba senior Luke Harris sacked Brady Allen and the drive went backwards 20 yards.
Corinth (5-1, 0-1) scored in the third on Allen’s 64-yard pass to Darius Gaines. Freshman back Deonte Keith scored on an 18-yard run in the fourth. Corinth feature backs Robert White and Kendrick Williams were held to 27 yards on 22 carries.
“Offensive line, we couldn’t do it without them. Plus we’ve got this 5-star right here,” Moore said, then pointed to Shumpert.