Kyoshi Agnew, the Warriors’ leading tackler at middle linebacker, converted three first downs -- the first on his initial carry of the season -- as the Warriors (4-1) were able to run the final 3:56 off the clock and avoid potentially blowing a 24-0 lead.
The senior finished with 37 yards on five carries in his first offensive action since totaling 101 yards from scrimmage in last season’s 42-19 playoff loss at Louisville.
In the 2006 encounter at New Albany, Corinth led 21-0 with 6:49 still left in the first half before the Dawgs rallied for a 27-21 victory. At the time, and with data available dating back to 1944, it was the first time CHS had led by 21 or more points and lost.
Corinth moved the chains 10 times and netted 244 yards in the first half on six possessions. The Warriors had just two first downs and 66 yards on their first 15 plays of the second half before the clock-eating drive that totaled eight plays and 33 yards.
Corinth led 17-0 at the break and pushed the advantage out to 24-0 less than three minutes into the second half when Tiberius Hurd -- who had both of Corinth’s take-aways -- returned Bryce Collins’ backward pass 19 yards for a touchdown.
New Albany’s first score would also come via fumble return as Tyrone Vance rumbled 25 yards to paydirt after Jimmy Baldon knocked the ball loose from Brice Spence.
Needing a two-point conversion to make it a two-score game, Collins’ converted the attempt, leaving Corinth on top 24-8 with 36 seconds left in the third.
Corinth would muster just one first down on its ensuing drive, but got a booming 53-yard punt from John Michael McFall. The touchback left New Albany 80 yards from paydirt with 10:37 remaining.
Aided by three of Corinth’s 14 penalties on the night, the Bulldogs covered the required yardage in 15 plays. A 23-yard pass on 4th-and-18, a facemask and a holding penalty on third-and-goal from the 10 preceded Devin Wilson’s 5-yard run.
The Dawgs, who failed to send last season’s game into overtime on a two-point try, converted again as Baldon made it a 24-16 contest with 4:02 remaining.
Corinth took over at its own 19 with 3:56 remaining following the kickoff. New Albany used its remaining two timeouts on the drive, but two straight second-down and a game-ending third-down conversion by Agnew allowed Corinth to run out the clock.
The Warriors scored on their first two drives, using a 35-yard field goal by McFall and an 8-yard run by Spence on third-and-six to build a 10-0 lead with 2:48 still left in the opening quarter.
Corinth made it 17-0 with 4:58 left in the half on a 37-yard strike from Antares Gwyn to Armad Wicks.
The teams evenly combined on eight fumbles and each lost two in a continuing rain.
Corinth finished with 323 yards on 57 plays. Spence carried a career-high 27 times for 129 yards and Kendrick Williams added 77 on 18 as Corinth rushed for 237 yards on 51 attempts.
The Warriors had 244 yards in taking a 17-0 lead at the break, but got only a defensive score and 79 total yards in the second half.
Corinth’s defense limited New Albany (2-3) to just 103 total yards on 43 plays. The Dawgs finished with 80 yards on the ground on 20 carries.
Corinth 24, New Albany 16
New Albany 0 0 8 8 -- 16
Corinth 10 7 7 0 -- 24
COR -- John Michael McFall 35 FG, 8:19
COR -- Brice Spence 8 run (McFall kick), 2:48
COR -- Armad Wicks 37 pass from Antares Gwyn (McFall kick), 4:48
COR -- Tiberius Hurd 19 fumble return (McFall kick), 9:27
NA -- Tyrone Vance 25 fumble return (Bryce Collins run), 0:36
NA -- Devin Wilson 5 run (Jimmy Baldon run), 4:02