New Albany (2-2) travels to Corinth (3-1) tonight to renew one of the oldest rivalries -- only bested by Tupelo -- in what is now the 101st year for the Corinth football program.
Tonight’s battle will be the 29th straight meeting and the 41st time the two longtime nemesis’ have faced off in 47 years.
While the two teams have split a pair of overtime encounters, last season’s game was one for the books. New Albany scored on the final play of the game, but Corinth held on for a 21-19 win after defensive tackle Randy Hill and others stuffed the two-point conversion run.
Corinth has won two straight after dropping a 28-12 decision to Lafayette County in Week 2. The combined efforts of Kendrick Williams (366 yards, 5TDS) and Brice Spence (232, 3), who has two 100-yard efforts since moving to the backfield has helped Corinth get back on track offensively.
Corinth is averaging 279.5 yards per game, including 219 on the ground. The Warriors didn’t turn the ball over in a 38-14 win that saw Corinth tally 21 points over the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Warrior defense, paced by Kyoshi Agnew’s 47 tackles, and Zantario Jacobs’ eight tackles for loss, including five sacks, have aided in the unit’s improvement.
New Albany, under former Alcorn Central standout Ron Price, started 0-2 before winning two straight thrillers. The first came on a last-second field goal in an 11-8 win over Pontotoc, and most recently a 40-yard return of a blocked field goal on the final play of a 13-7 win over Amory.
Corinth leads the series 39-22-2. New Albany was on the other end of the first night game at Warrior Stadium in 1937 and the first opponent at Warrior Stadium II -- now in its 20th year in 1994.
Mooreville (2-2) @ Kossuth (1-3)
The Aggies look to get back on track heading into an open date. After a 28-0 loss to Corinth in the season opener, Kossuth’s other two losses have been by a combined eight points, the later a 37-35 overtime decision at Tishomingo County.
The Tigers, coached by former Shannon mentor Mike Scott, have dropped two straight.
Mantachie (3-1) @ Alcorn Central (1-3)
Central saw one of its 2012 victories slip away in a 30-26 loss to Hatley last week. The Tigers were 0-11 last season, including a 6-0 loss to the Bears, and had lost 19 straight going into last weeks game.
Mantachie dropped a 35-34 decision at then-unbeaten South Pontotoc in Week 3.
Biggersville (1-3, 0-1) @ Smithville (3-1, 1-0)
The Lions have given up 146 points in their three losses, including two 50-point contests. The lone win was a 22-18 decision at Benton County.
Smithville, which has never lost to Biggersville, began league play with a 22-7 win at Thrasher last week. The ‘Noles lone loss was a 14-point decision to 4A Caledonia.