O-line paves way for Wave

Gene Phelps | Buy at photos.djournal.com Tupelo's offensive line, from left, tight end States Norman, guard Chase Cannon, center Nathan Cox, and tackle Dillion Flanagin, have paved the way for the Golden Wave's rushing attack, which has averaged more than 319 yards per game this season.

Gene Phelps | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Tupelo’s offensive line, from left, tight end States Norman, guard Chase Cannon, center Nathan Cox, and tackle Dillion Flanagin, have paved the way for the Golden Wave’s rushing attack, which has averaged more than 319 yards per game this season.

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo saw two running backs – Deamio Garmon and Tavonta Hadley – top the 100-yard mark in last Friday’s 48-7 win against Center Hill.

Golden Wave fans know who they are.

Now, let’s introduce you to Tupelo’s offensive line, the group that helped pave the way for Garmon’s 142 yards and Hadley’s 103 yards, at Friday’s home game against Shannon on the blue grass at Renasant Field.

Meet center Nathan Cox, guards Chase Cannon, Jarvis Smithey and Graham Taylor, tackles Reed Sanders, Dillion Flanagin and London Ruth and tight end States Norman.

“Our offensive line blocked really well,” co-offensive coordinator Allen Glenn said postgame. “They dominated the line of scrimmage.”

Racking up numbers

The Golden Wave (2-0) offense rushed for 400-plus yards against Center Hill. In two games, Tupelo has averaged 319.5 yards per game rushing and 8.1 yards per rush.

The ground game has also produced seven touchdowns.

“It makes us feel good to see results from the effort we’ve put in during practice,” said Flanagin, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior. “It’s nice to know they have confidence in the offensive line.”

Cox, a 6-foot, 265-pound senior, said having two talented running backs makes their job easier.

“It takes the pressure off us a little,” he said. “We’ve got two good backs who can make big plays.”

Tupelo entered the season with an experience group, one that saw a lot of action in last season’s 13-2 run to the Class 6A state championship game.

“I think all these guys except one started in a game last year,” said co-offensive line coach Chris Spencer. “These guys have been doing a great job when it comes to paying attention to detail. We’re trying to be consistent day by day.”

Added co-coach Brandon Jackson, “These guys have been working really hard. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. A lot was expected of them. I hope this continues.”

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