By Blake Long
Special to the Journal
CORINTH – Even with 10 regular season victories under his belt, Corinth coach Doug Jones is not a satisfied man.
Corinth defeated Amory 45-15 on Friday night to complete a perfect run through Division 1-4A competition.
The Warriors have claimed victories in eight straight games by a combined average of 23 points, but Jones still feels his ball club hasn’t reached its full potential.
“By no means do we feel we’re as good as we can be,” said the second year Corinth headman. “We’re hungry and trying to get better everyday. I want to see us improve each and every week, and we’ve done so to this point.”
Turnovers and strong special teams play set up multiple scores for the Warriors against Amory (4-7, 2-3). Three fumbles, two of them inside Panther territory, turned into 21 Corinth points.
Tanner Maness returned a punt 51 yards and Kendrick Williams raced 64 yards on a kickoff in the first half to put the Warriors in good field position.
Kyoshi Agnew and John Michael McFall cashed the great yardage into points on a short touchdown run and a 45-yard field goal, respectively.
McFall’s leg continuously pushed the Panthers deep into their own side of the field. Amory’s average point where it started a new drive was its own 18-yard line.
Nine Warriors recorded a carry, while four reached the end zone. Williams had two touchdowns and was the only Corinth player to cross the century mark with 104 yards.
Antares Gwyn scored on runs of 2 and 16 yards in the opening half to help the Warriors (10-1, 5-0) take a healthy 31-7 lead into the break.
Fred Garth and Drake Wallace both crossed the goal line for Amory, which concludes its season after Shannon qualified for the playoffs with an overtime win at Pontotoc.
The Panthers were riddled by injuries all year. Upwards of 35 kids lost playing time at some point this campaign, according to coach Ben Ashley.
“I took this job and said we couldn’t afford any injuries,” said Ashley. “We haven’t been blessed in that department.”