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Warriors fall behind early; roll to ‘W’
by H. Lee Smith II
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IUKA -- Tishomingo County provided Corinth with a quick wake-up call. And the Warriors answered.

Corinth scored 45 unanswered points after the Braves jumped out to an 8-0 lead and rolled to a 59-21 win in Division 1-4A action on Friday.

Antares Gwyn accounted for four touchdowns and Corinth rolled up 408 yards of offense in improving to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Tish County (2-6, 0-2) promptly drove 80 yards in 10 plays after the first of eight touchbacks by John Michael McFall. Blake Hawkins, who came in as the leading rusher in the division, called his own number from 10 yards out.

Hawkins rumbled in on the two-point conversion, staking the Braves to an 8-0 lead just shy of four minutes into the game.

Corinth would answer with six straight touchdown drives, the longest of which took seven plays. The Warriors got six touchdowns at 42 points on their first 26 plays.

The Warriors scored on all four possessions of the first quarter, two on runs by Brice Spence and two via Antares Gwyn, including a 20-yard pass to Armad Wicks.

Wicks finished the night with six catches for 102 yards -- both career highs -- and a score. Gwyn was 9-of-17 through the air for 123 yards and two scores.

Corinth scored on its first two drives of the second quarter. Kendrick Williams bulled his way in from 2 yards out after Brice Spence was stopped short on what would have been a 71-yard scoring run.

Spence carried three times for 91 yards and was just tackled once as evidenced by two scoring runs.

Corinth’s last score of the half came on a 13-yard pass from Gwyn to John Mark Gardner -- the first career score for the sophomore. McFall, who was 8-for-8 on point after attempts, made it 42-8 with 5:17 still left in the half.

The Warrior perfect run came to an end with 1:40 left in the half on a three-and-out.

Corinth racked up 300 yards at the half, averaging 10 per play and a touchdown every five plays.

The Warrior defense also responded following the opening drive. Tish County’s last seven drives of the half resulted in five three-and-outs or better, while the Braves totaled just four first downs and 55 yards on 27 plays.

McFall notched his seventh field goal on the season -- this one from 31 yards out -- as Corinth’s unanswered point streak reached 45.

The teams swapped out touchdowns the rest of the way, with Gwyn getting his second of the ground on the night and Jaley Adams recording his first career six-pointer on a 22-yard run with 4:57 remaining.

Corinth played turnover-free ball and came away with three fumble recoveries on defense.

The Warriors will host Itawamba for homecoming on Friday.

Corinth 59, Tishomingo Co. 21

Corinth 28 14 3 14 -- 59

Tish Co. 8 0 6 7 -- 21

1st Quarter

TC -- Blake Hawkins 10 run (Hawkins run), 8:06

COR -- Armad Wicks 20 pass from Antares Gwyn (John Michael McFall kick), 6:12

COR -- Brice Spence 7 run (McFall kick), 4:04

COR -- Spence 15 run (McFall kick), 2:48

COR -- Gwyn 1 run (McFall kick), 0:56

2nd Quarter

COR -- Kendrick Williams 2 run (McFall kick), 10:38

COR -- John Mark Gardner 13 pass from Gwyn (McFall kick), 5:17

3rd Quarter

COR -- McFall 31 FG, 9:00

TC -- Caleb Smith 32 pass from Hawkins (pass failed), 0:26

4th Quarter

COR -- Gwyn 28 run (McFall kick), 10:40

TC -- T.J. Lambert 3 run (Blake McGuff kick), 8:56

COR -- Jaley Adams 22 run (McFall kick), 4:57
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