CORINTH – Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for Corinth. The Warriors turned a late three-point lead into a 38-14 win over rival Booneville in a matter of seconds.
Ninety-eight seconds. A safety cut Corinth’s lead to 17-14 with 7:38 to play. But Jose Contreras’ hustle picked up the ensuing free kick and Corinth scored on Brice Spence’s 5-yard run, the first three quick scores.
“He was just hustling. If he had slacked off a bit at any point, he wouldn’t have made that play,” Cor- inth coach Doug Jones said of Contreras.
Robert Briggs then forced a fumble from Booneville quarterback Jack Simpson. Zantario Jacobs got it and Kendrick Williams scored his second touchdown of the night, the second score in 11 seconds for a 31-14 lead with 6:11 left. Forty-one seconds later, Corinth’s Cody Davis came away with another fumble. Williams scored from 17 out.
After a turnover-plaguing start to the season, Corinth (3-1) held on to the ball. Williams had 171 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Newly-moved receiver Spence had 138 yards and a score on 18 carries.
“The one-two punch in the backfield, we had to keep the momentum going,” Spence said.
Ranked team falls
The Blue Devils (2-1) came in as the Journal’s No. 2 team in Class 4A/3A but dropped its third straight in the series. They scored first on Zeus Rogers’ 5-yard run. John Michael McFall added a 24-yard field goal for Corinth before Booneville took a 12-3 lead on a 12-yard touchdown run from Andrew Lambert.
Booneville’s Chris Sparks blocked a Corinth punt, but the Warriors held on fourth-and-goal. Williams made it hurt with a 73-yard touchdown to cut Booneville’s lead to 12-10.