By Scotty Nichols
CORINTH – The Corinth Warriors and Itawamba AHS Indians collided in their third game of their Division 1-4A schedule with a lot on the line, as four teams were tied with a 1-1 record entering Friday.
The Warriors left little doubt who the better team was on this particular night, using a 36-point performance in the second quarter to race past the Indians, 64-25.
IAHS received the opening kickoff and imposed its will with the running game on the first drive, as tailback Hunter White carried nine consecutive times for 71 yards and capped it off with a 16-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked, and it was all downhill for the Indians from there.
Then the Warriors scored six unanswered touchdowns en route to the huge homecoming win.
Quarterback Antares Gwyn was responsible for all seven of the Warriors’ offensive touchdowns, totaling four through the air and three on the ground.
“We just had a different approach with practice the past week,” said Gwyn. “We normally just bump each other on defense – wrap up and release – but we were more physical this week, and I think it showed.”
Gwyn and tailback Jalen Cobbs gashed the Indian defense on the ground, while Javen Morrison and Quentin Patterson lit them up through the air.
White was a bright spot for the Indians, accounting for 148 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns, also adding 42 yards receiving with a 35-yard touchdown reception.
The Warriors move to 2-1 inside the division and will travel to Shannon next Friday night.
“We just gotta stay focused and take it one week at a time,” Gwyn said. “If we play our game, I think we’ll be OK.”
Turning Point: Jawon Shields blocked an IAHS punt, allowing Quentin Patterson to scoop and score from 17 yards away and stretch the lead to three possessions early in the second quarter.
Point Man: Warrior quarterback Antares Gwyn completed 16 of 19 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing 13 times for 144 yards and three scores.
Talking Point: “We dropped one a couple of weeks ago that we wish we had back, but this one was huge.” – Corinth quarterback Antares Gwyn
• Quentin Patterson returned a blocked kick for a touchdown, scored on an interception return and caught a touchdown pass.
• IAHS wide receiver Caleb Whittle surpassed the 100-yard mark for the sixth time this season, with 121 yards on three catches.
• IAHS has now lost three of its last four games.