By John Davis
OXFORD – Doug Jones, Corinth’s second-year head football coach, put Lafayette on his schedule to see where his Warriors matched up with the best in Class 4A.
His gamble paid off, as the Warriors shocked the Commodores with a 17-14 come-from-behind win Friday night.
Senior kicker Jake Curtis broke the tie with 26.9 seconds left with his 22-yard field goal.
After floundering on offense the first three quarters, the Warriors (2-0) roared to life in the fourth, scoring all 17 of their points to trip up the Commodores (0-2).
Jones had faith in his football team, telling them throughout the first half that they could play with Lafayette. Pointing to the Commodores’ two state titles after the win as he spoke, the Warriors proved their coach right.
“They are the big boys on the block in 4A, no question,” Jones said. “They’ve earned that and we’ve got to get to the point where we can compete with teams like them. We came out and played extremely hard and I’m so proud of our guys for the way they battled. The biggest thing I had to sell to them at the half was they were good enough to play with these teams. I had to get them to believe that and they came out and answered the bell.”
The ‘Dores led most of the way, but the Warriors never let them get too far out of sight.
Point Man: Corinth quarterback Antares Gwyn was cool and calm late as he threw for two touchdowns. Both scores went to speedy Armad Wicks.
Talking Point: Lafayette coach Eric Robertson felt like his team hurt itself.
“We had too many mistakes. Penalties killed us, fumbles killed us. We were just sloppy again on offense.”
• Lafayette’s Tay Tay Owens had an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
• The Commodores missed two field goals that would have put them up two scores in the second half.
• Senior Devon Thomas scored Lafayette’s first touchdown of the year on a 1-yard run.