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Warriors run to first 1-4A title
by H. Lee Smith II
Oct 25, 2013 | 369 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Corinth’s eighth straight win came with a bonus.

The Warriors rushed for over 300 yards for the second time this season and claimed their first Division 1-4A title with a 31-7 win at Shannon on Friday.

The title is the eighth division/district title in school history and the first since 2008. Corinth’s first seven titles came in Division 1-3A -- which ranks second to only Ripley since 1984.

“We just came out and did an outstanding job in a big game,” said second-year Corinth Head Coach Doug Jones. “We started working in the offseason and have continued to get better every week.”

The Warriors played turnover-free ball for the third week in a row and came away with a fumble and interception on defense.

Corinth (9-1, 4-0) will open its 17th postseason -- and 14th straight playoff berth -- on Nov. 8 against the No. 4 seed from Division 2-4A. That will most likely be the loser of Friday’s game between Byhalia and Lafayette County.

The season-finale will also serve as the team’s Senior Night.

“I hope everyone comes out early and shows some support for this group of seniors we have,” said Jones.

The Warrior can run the league table Friday at Warrior Stadium II with a win over Amory. The Warriors have registered double-digit wins just eight times in the program’s first 100 seasons.

Corinth scored on its second possession, going 70 yards in just six plays. Kyoshi Agnew had a 49-yard run on the first play and Kendrick Williams capped the march with a 5-yard run.

The Warriors scored twice more in the second to take a 21-0 lead at the break. Demarkus Prather scored at the 8:49 mark after the Warriors recovered a muffed punt return near midfield.

Corinth took over at its own 40 with about five minutes left to go until intermission. The Warriors converted twice on fourth down in an 8-play drive, including a 41-yard scoring sprint by Agnew.

The Warriors tacked on 10 more points in the third. John Michael McFall, who later just missed on a 53-yard attempt, nailed his 10th field goal of the season -- this one from 37 yards out -- to make it 24-0.

One play after a Tiberius Hurd interception, Agnew hit paydirt from 15 yards out. McFall’s fourth successful extra-point kick in as many tries made it 31-0 with 4:12 still left in the third.

Shannon (3-6, 1-3) ended the shutout bid on a 66-yard pass with 4:34 remaining.
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