By Brandon Speck
CORINTH – Brice Spence needed to touch the football more for Corinth. Him doing so has paid off.
Spence, a senior, started the season at wide receiver. After a Week 2 loss against Lafayette, Spence traded his receiver gloves and routes for a new job in the backfield.
“You’re going to move me to running back?” Spence asked Corinth coach Doug Jones when told the news.
“I said, ‘Yeah, you’ve touched the football twice in two games and returned a kick for 50 yards and returned a kick for a touchdown,’” Jones said.
It happened after the Lafayette game, where Corinth rushed for only 63 yards in a 28-12 loss. The next week at Lewisburg, the Warriors (3-1) rushed for 267 yards, 101 and two touchdowns from Spence.
In a win against Booneville on Friday, Spence and fellow senior Kendrick Williams combined for 339 yards and four touchdowns.
Jones says it’s a combo effort, no matter who puts more yards on the stat sheet. Williams had the big number (171) against Booneville.
Spence had the big one (101) at Lewisburg.
“Kendrick Williams has done a great job blocking for him out of the backfield,” Jones said. “If you watch the tape from last week and this week, he did an outstanding job blocking for Spence out of the backfield.”
Williams, a bigger back, led the team with 849 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Spence had only three carries, but 773 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Corinth hosts New Albany Friday. After allowing 38 points to Water Valley to open the season, New Albany (2-2) has allowed less than 10 points per game in two straight wins. Corinth won 21-19 at New Albany last season.
“He’s been helping me a lot, takes the pressure off of me,” Williams said. “I just tell him to get behind me and we’re going to go.”