Special to the Journal
CORINTH – Coaches tend to run the football 99 percent of the time when playing in heavy rain and wet field conditions.
The Corinth Warriors broke that mold on Friday night and used the air game on the way to a 24-16 victory over New Albany.
“I just felt like we needed to throw the football to get some guys out of the box so they couldn’t zero in totally on the run,” said Corinth coach Doug Jones. “(QB) Antares Gwyn did a good job making the throws.”
All of Gwyn’s completions came in the three scoring drives for Corinth, ranked No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s Class 3A/4A rankings.
After getting stuffed on two straight rushes to start the contest, Gwyn found Quentin Patterson for a 16-yard gain to get the Warrior offense in motion.
Six plays later, John Michael McFall’s 35-yard field goal put the Warriors (4-1) up 3-0 early.
Armad Wicks reached out and held onto a Gwyn pass of 33 yards on their next drive to set up a Brice Spence 8-yard touchdown run with 2:48 to play in the first quarter.
Wicks and Gwyn hooked up again in the second on a 37-yard touchdown that gave the Warriors a 17-0 halftime advantage.
Both teams exchanged fumble returns for scores following the break. Tiberius Hurd picked up a failed lateral pass for a TD to extend Corinth’s lead to 24-0.
New Albany answered when Tyrone Vance raced untouched25 yards into the end zone on a fumble, making the score 24-7.
The Bulldogs (2-3) then compiled an impressive 17-play, 80-yard drive. Devin Wilson’s 5-yard run that was followed by a successful Jimmy Baldon 2-point conversion brought New Albany to within eight points.
But New Albany never got another chance as the Warriors ran out the clock on the strength of four Kyoshi Agnew rushes.
“I’m just proud of the way the guys came out and once again played 48 minutes tonight,” New Albany coach Ron Price said.
Corinth outgained the Bulldogs 303-104 and was led by Spence’s 112 yards on 24 carries.