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CHS takes 9-game streak into playoffs
by H. Lee Smith II
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Corinth came away with four touchdowns and a field goal on its first five drives and cruised to a perfect season in Division 1-4A with a 45-15 win over Amory at Warrior Stadium II on Friday.

It was the most points scored by Corinth (10-1, 5-0) against Amory and sends the Warriors into their 17th postseason on a nine-game winning streak. CHS’ 42-0 win in 1929 provided the Warriors with their biggest margin of victory in the series.

Corinth will host the Byhalia, the No. 4 seed from Division 2-4A, in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs on Friday. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.

With the program’s ninth 10-win season all but locked up behind a 28-0 advantage four plays into the second quarter, the only question to be answered would be if the longest field goal in school history would last another week.

John Michael McFall, who had given Corinth a 31-7 lead on a career-long 45-yard boot midway of the second quarter, was just short on tying Baxter Wilder’s 49-yarder from 12 season ago with 9:42 left in the contest.

The senior, who moved to within one three-pointer of tying Evan Bauer’s single-season mark of 12, bounced a 54-yarder over the cross bar with just under two minutes to play. Amory, however, was called for being offsides prior to the snap -- a penalty that kills the play at the high school level.

Amory (4-7, 2-3) got a touchdown and two-point conversion against the Corinth reserves with 54 seconds left to crack double figures. The Warriors finished their five-game league trek outscoring their opponent’s 183-54, with the regular defense allowing just five TDs in as many games.

Corinth turned an Amory turnover and three straight punts into a 28-0 advantage. Quarterback Antares Gwyn sandwiched 2- and 15-yard scoring runs around scores from Kyoshi Agnew and Kendrick Williams.

Williams, who added a 72-yard sprint for a 38-7 lead in the third quarter, saw limited action in the blowout but still managed a game-high 96 yards on just four carries.

Amory’s lone scoring drive against the Corinth regulars came after falling behind 28-0 and covered 80 yards in nine plays. The Panthers netted 64 yards of offense on the march, the bulk of their 108-yard first half.

Short fields held Corinth to just 121 yards on 25 plays in taking a 31-7 lead at recess. The Warriors finished the night with 328 total yards on 54 snaps -- 46 for 285 on the ground.

Corinth’s run at turnover-free football ended at three-plus games worth of play when Gwyn threw an interception with 5:27 left in the first. The Warriors came out a plus-two though with Tanner Maness, Jay Jones and Deonte Keith recovering Panther fumbles.

The Warrior defense added five more sacks to its total for 34 yards. Cody Davis was in on two of the five, unofficially.

Corinth 45, Amory 15

Amory 0 7 0 8 -- 15

Corinth 21 10 14 0 -- 45

1st Quarter

CHS -- Antares Gwyn 2 run (John Michael McFall kick), 9:01

CHS -- Kyoshi Agnew 2 run (McFall kick), 6:48

CHS -- Kendrick Williams 7 run (McFall kick), 3:00

2nd Quarter

CHS -- Gwyn 15 run (McFall kick), 10:54

AHS -- Fred Garth 4 run (Caleb Shelly kick), 8:10

CHS -- McFall 45 FG, 6:50

3rd

CHS -- Williams 72 run (McFall kick), 9:12

CHS -- Issac Haney 1 run (McFall kick), 2:46

4th Quarter

AHS -- Drake Wallace 71 run (Jalen Holland run), 0:54
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