PONTOTOC – Pontotoc quarterback Canden Dallas threw three touchdown passes for the second week in a row, leading his Warriors to a 21-7 win Friday against rival Ripley.
Dallas, who completed 9 of 14 attempts for 225 yards against the Tigers, passed for 294 yards and three scores in last week’s win against Aberdeen.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 with the win, their first in the series after losses the last three consecutive years.
Ripley, which rolled to a school-record 630 yards total offense last week against Lewisburg, saw its record drop to 1-2.
Dallas hooked up with Jamar Elzie for a 38-yard touchdown on the game’s second play. Later in the first quarter, with 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining, Dallas and Ryan Thompson connected for a 51-yard scoring pass.
Thompson finished with five receptions for 99 yards.
Ripley scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by tailback Rashid March. His score with 5:50 remaining before halftime cut the Warriors’ lead to 14-7.
March, who later suffered an injury, rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries.
Breaking the Wing-T
Pontotoc coach Charlie Dampeer was pleased with his defense’s showing against Ripley’s rarely-seen wing-T scheme.
“I thought we ran to the ball really well on defense,” he said. “You don’t see that offense but once a year.”
Pontotoc added its final touchdown in the third quarter on a 29-yard pass from Dallas to Randall Crayton. Michael Bounds kicked the third of his extra points for the final margin of victory.
“Offensively and defensively we’ve got talent but they’re young and inexperienced,” Ripley coach Mac McCurry said. “When you have mistakes on defense it leads to quick strikes. I thought we played good defense, but we’re young on the perimeter.”
Ripley had won the last three meetings between the teams, including last season’s 34-28 last-minute victory.
Pontotoc travels to Houston next week while Ripley returns home to host Itawamba AHS.
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