Tupelo Golden Wave Wave whets appetite for regular season

DJR_08172013By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal

FULTON – The full-course meal is next week.

Friday was just a taste from the table for the Tupelo Golden Wave and the Itawamba AHS Indians.

In a controlled scrimmage, the Tupelo varsity scored two touchdowns while Itawamba scored once as the two football teams tried to get a handle on the upcoming 2013 football season.

“We were able to see some things that were positive, and some things to work on,” Tupelo first year head coach Trent Hammond said. “I thought our defense flew around really well, while our offense was one or two players away from getting what we needed.

“We’re not ready to play Lafayette yet, but we do have a few days to polish up some things.”

Tupelo hosts the Commodores in its season opener on Friday while IAHS will travel to Ripley.

Both defenses scored, with the Indians striking first on a 70-yard interception and return by Deontae Lee.

On its next series, the Wave offense broke through as a short Daniel Bristow pass was turned into a 62-yard score by Rodney McIntosh.

Tupelo scored its other TD on a 40-yard interception return by Justin Clifton. Ashton Wedel had an interception as well for the Wave.

“The offense did show up a couple of plays,” Tupelo offensive coordinator John Keith said. “We just want to be consistent.”

QB race
The edge in Tupelo’s quarterback decision went to the sophomore Bristow, who ran the majority of the Wave’s plays in the scrimmage. Between Bristow and junior Alex Norwood, the Tupelo varsity was 10 of 23 for 124 yards passing.

Quarterbacks in this contest were ruled down when touched, which kept Norwood and Itawamba sophomore quarterback D. J. Miller from picking up significant yards rushing. Miller was 10 of 20 passing for 45 yards.

“Our offense has a long way to go,” Itawamba head coach Toby Collums said. “They had the deer-in-headlights look at times.

“Our defense ran to the football well.”