By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
SHANNON – Trent Hammond was a pretty relaxed head coach Friday as his Tupelo Golden Wave was leaving the field.
“When things go good, it’s good,” Hammond said.
Good was a bit of an understatement as the Wave had the Shannon Red Raiders on their heels early and often, eventually running to a 47-0 victory against their Lee County foe.
“We wanted the kids to play with a chip on their shoulder tonight after our performance last week,” Hammond said. “I think the kids did that tonight.”
Another fine performance by the Tupelo (3-0) defense was highlighted on the first series of the contest. Linebacker James Gilleylen was part of a group of defenders who diagnosed a middle screen, with the senior grabbing the football and racing 27 yards for the touchdown.
The Tupelo running attack has been a consistent and pleasant surprise all season and senior Quinn Tiggs continued that trend. Later in the first quarter, Tiggs burst through the middle of the Red Raiders’ defense and sprinted for a 51-yard score for part of his 130 yards rushing.
“They executed, we didn’t,” Shannon head coach Darryl Carter said. “They wanted it more than we did.”
Tupelo added a Jarvis Wilson 3-yard run and an Alex Norwood 30-yard reception to the scoreboard in the second quarter for a 26-0 lead. Then out of the halftime locker room, Tupelo hit Shannon (1-1) with a 95-yard kick return by speedster
Rodney McIntosh to basically ice the contest.
The Wave added a 16-yard scoring run by Reed Taylor and a 46-yard interception return by Antonio Clifton in the third.
“Tiggs had the hot hand tonight,” Hammond said. “And Daniel Bristow did a good job managing the game.
“If he does that, that’s what allows us to be a good football team.”
Bristow did manage the passing game well, going 12-of-13 through the air at one point before finishing 12-of-15 for 109 yards and the touchdown to Norwood.
The Tupelo win sets up a matchup of undefeated teams next week against Saltillo.