The junior returned an interception 95 yards for a score and John Michael McFall’s ensuing point-after kick gave Corinth a 30-22 lead with 4:41 remaining.
Aberdeen, which scored two non-offensive touchdowns and also recorded a safety, got back in the end zone on a short pass with 1:32 remaining. Needing to go for two down 30-28, the conversion attempt failed thanks to a pass break-up my Maness in the end zone.
The Warriors recovered the on-side kick attempt and ran out the clock for their third straight win against the Bulldogs,
Aberdeen (2-4) got a 50-yard scoring pass and led 7-0 after one quarter.
Corinth got on the board at the 7:41 mark of the second on a 27-yard field goal by McFall. The Warriors, who finished non-league play at 5-1, had a touchdown called back on a hold earlier in the drive.
Aberdeen took its biggest lead at 13-3 on its own pick-six with 5:23 left in the half. Corinth cut it to 13-10 at the break on a 48-yard run by Kendrick Williams.
Corinth tallied two touchdowns in the third, both courtesy Kyoshi Agnew. The senior’s 15-yard jaunt gave Corinth it’s first lead at the 8:17 mark. The score remained 16-13 in the Warriors’ favor after a low snap led to a blocked point-after kick.
Aberdeen quickly countered, returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, then later adding a safety to extend its lead to 22-16 with 3:58 left in the third.
Agnew scored again in the closing seconds and McFall’s PAT helped Corinth reclaim the lead at 23-22.
Corinth, which opens Division 1-4A play at home against Pontotoc (1-5) on Friday, pushed it out to 30-22 on Maness’ pick-six with 4:41 left in the contest.
Aberdeen drove 80 yards for a score on its ensuing drive, making it a two-point game with 1:32 remaining.
Alcorn Central 21, New Site 20
The Golden Bears held on a snapped a four-game slide with a one-point win on the road Friday night.
Central (2-4) lead 21-6 in the third. New Site (2-3) closed with 14 straight points but would get no closer into falling to 1-2 against Alcorn County clubs.
The Bears open 1-3A play Friday at home against Booneville (4-1).
Coffeeville 64, Biggersville 6
The Pirates (3-3, 3-0) hung 40 in the first half and became the fifth team to post 45 points or more against the Lions in winning their third straight game.
The 64 is the most given up by Biggersville this season and is the most since Falkner hung 76 just one day shy of a year ago.
Biggersville (1-5, 0-3) avoided the shutout on a pass from Caleb Kitchens to Darian Barnett in the second half. It was the sophomore’s 12th TD pass of the season and seventh to Barnett.
The Lions travel to Vardaman (1-6, 0-3) on Friday.