ECRU – North Pontotoc jumped out to a 21-0 lead and then held off rival South Pontotoc en route to a 34-12 victory to keep its perfect record intact at 4-0.
Myles Snyder gave the Vikings the quick 7-0 advantage on a 1-yard plunge in the opening quarter, while Joe Robbins’ runs of 6 and 4 yards extended the lead to 21-0 at the half.
However, the Cougars (2-2) wouldn’t go down without a fight.
Midway through the third quarter, South Pontotoc finally found the end zone when Wesley Barefield scored from the 2 before closing the gap to 21-12 on an 8-yard scamper by Monte Love.
But the Vikings thwarted the comeback with two late scores on a 1-yard dive by Snyder and a 26-yard scoring toss from Brandon Bailey to Jeremy Berry.
“South came out the second half fighting,” first-year North Pontotoc coach J.J. Plummer said. “I told our team at halftime that if we get down, let’s get back up and keep moving forward, keep fighting. And that’s what we did.
“We finished like we wanted to tonight.”
Bailey completed 7 of his 16 passes for 123 yards and also rushed 14 times for 123 yards. Robbins finished with 78 yards on 15 carries for 78 yards.
“We just got whipped on the line of scrimmage, and that was the difference,” South coach Mark Bray said. “We couldn’t block up front.”
Those blocking woes limited Love to just 33 yards on 11 carries.
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