By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Itawamba AHS did as it pleased in a 48-13 win at Corinth last Friday to open Division 1-4A play.
Division play continues Friday night for the Indians against visiting Shannon. The Red Raiders are 2-4 overall but 1-0 in the division.
“They’ve played a tough early schedule and I think some people have kind of written them off because of their record,” IAHS coach Toby Collums said. “I watched film Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and every time I watch them, they get better.”
Shannon operates a two-quarterback system with John Thomas Peugh and Duane Gilleylen.
The two have combined for 952 passing yards and 13 touchdowns.
“You don’t go with two different game plans but you respect different things about both of them,” Collums said. “The big sophomore running back they’ve got, he’s good. He’s legitimate and both linebackers are good. Gilleylen is in on every tackle. You’ve got to know where that kid is at all times. Plus coach (Darryl) Carter does a good job. With that much speed and good leadership, it makes things difficult.”
Shannon sophomore Diamante Pounds is nearing 1,000 yards with 879 on 127 carries.
Turning the corner
Carter likes what he sees happening. The Red Raiders had more than 500 yards of offense Friday and have recently averaged more than 400. Shannon is trying to fight off a turnover bug that hit early.
Itawamba (6-0, 1-0) is giving up 12 points a game. Leading tackler Reginald White has three sacks.
The Indians use one quarterback, Tyler Dossett, but two in the backfield with Ashton Shumpert and Charles Moore. Moore (811) and Shumpert (590 in three games) have combined for 1,401 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Dossett has seven touchdown passes. Brico Burgess has a team-high 203 yards on 12 catches for a pair of touchdowns.
“We’re not focused on one kid or two kids,” Carter said. “My main concern is us getting lined up and trying to get a division win. They’re doing a good job over there and we’re trying to get it going. We’ve been doing some good stuff.”