Perfect Saltillo Tigers turn their attention to Tupelo

Football stockBY BRANDON SPECK
DAILY JOURNAL

SALTILLO – Diamante did it again. So did his Saltillo teammates.

The Tigers scored four unanswered touchdowns to beat visiting Itawamba AHS 27-14 Friday.

Pounds rammed his way to 242 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and Colby Hall caught a tipped touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to seal it.

“It feels good to be 3-0,” Pounds said. “We’ll have momentum for next Friday.”

Next Friday, No. 2 large school Tupelo visits the No. 3 Tigers. It will be the first matchup between the Lee County schools.

Itawamba (1-2) led 14-0 in the first quarter on two touchdowns from sophomore Hunter White, a 32-yard pass from sophomore Vijay Miller and a 10-yard run. The Indians trailed 20-14 after three and had two chances in the fourth quarter, but turned it over on downs, the last time on a sack led by Saltillo’s Isaac McKinney.

“Miller, if you give him time, he can throw the football. We didn’t get any pressure on him. The second half, we got a little bit more pressure,” Saltillo coach Pat Byrd said. “That changed the complexion of the game a little bit.”

Defense rises up
Saltillo’s defense held its own after the opening quarter when Miller completed 8 of his first 9 passes. Jalen Hadley had 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Tigers.

Quarterback Tyler Tollison’s 6-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter got Saltillo on the board. The Tigers tied it on the opening drive of the third quarter. Tollison started it with a 31-yard run and ended it with 31-yard TD pass to Reggie Miller.

Another 31 put the Tigers ahead. Pounds stiff-armed one tackler and hit the sideline for a 31-yard touchdown and a 20-14 lead after a missed point after. Pounds now has more than 600 yards through three games.

“We get down there inside the 10 and we’re making mistakes,” IAHS coach Toby Collums said. “They’re going to continue to get better and I think we’ve come a long way since Week 1.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com