By SCOTTY NICHOLS
SALTILLO – Vijay Miller got the job down with his arm and legs, completing 17 of 20 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns and running for 94 yards and a touchdown as Itawamba AHS beat Salitllo 40-13 on Friday night.
Miller found Ha’kee Rainey for an eight-yard touchdown on the opening drive. They later connected for a 44-yard score in the fourth quarter to seal the game.
Caleb Whittle repeated last week’s huge performance against New Albany with a nine-catch, 117-yard encore that included a 43-yard touchdown reception.
The Tigers were simply unable to get anything going on offense despite a solid effort by quarterback Clayton Knight.
“Clayton is a special athlete,” said IAHS coach Clint Hoots, whose team improved to 3-0. “Anytime you play a guy like that, it’s hard to wrap him up and get him down. I think we did a pretty admirable job defensively to limit him tonight.”
Knight did his best to escape IAHS defensive pressure, but the Indians were too much in the second half.
The Indians kept the Tigers at bay until a late touchdown run by Dontell Young.
Miller tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Mears late in the third quarter before Rainey’s second score.
Austin King broke loose for an 89-yard touchdown run with just under nine minutes remaining.
Turning Point: Miller broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown run to cap off a 92-yard drive to open the second half to kickstart a 27-0 run.
Point Man: Vijay Miller completed 17-of-20 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 94 yards and another score.
Talking Point: “It feels great to be 3-0. We have our heads held high going into the bye week next week and it feels a lot better than where we were at this time last season.” IAHS quarterback Vijay Miller.
• The Indians held a slim 13-6 lead at the half, despite outgaining the Tigers in total offense 279-67 in the first half.
• Miller has completed 44-of-68 passes for 793 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions through three games.
• IAHS, the Journal’s top-ranked large-school team, has an open date next week.
By SCOTTY NICHOLS