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Warriors eying first 1-4A title
by H. Lee Smith II
Oct 24, 2013 | 46 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Corinth Warriors have reeled off seven straight wins since falling to Lafayette County 28-12 in Week 2.

An eighth straight win would give the 101-year old program its first Division 1-4A title.

Corinth (8-1, 3-0) travels to Shannon (3-5, 1-2) tonight for the second straight season. The fifth consecutive meeting between the former Little 10 Conference and Division 1-3A rivals has a huge impact for the fourth straight season.

The 2010 non-division meeting proved key at the final horn as Shannon handed Corinth a 27-0 setback. The shutout was the first suffered by a Warrior club since Oct. 30, 1998.

The two most recent encounters have been in league play, and gone down to the wire.

Last year, Corinth used a 20-14 win in the regular-season finale to earn a No. 3 seed in 1-4A. In 2011, Corinth escaped with a 21-20 win, earning the runner-up slot when a loss would have ended the Warriors’ long playoff run.

Corinth is in the playoffs for a 14th straight season and 17th time overall, but the Warriors have never claimed the Division 1-4A title. Prior to the 2013 season, CHS has qualified for the postseason in Class 4A in 1994 (No. 2), 2011 (No. 2) and as the No. 3 seed last season.

Shannon has dropped four of five contests since opening the season at 2-1 -- with that lone early loss coming to one-beaten Tupelo. The Red Raiders have beaten Tishomingo County and lost to Itawamba AHS and Amory in league play.

SHS dropped a 7-3 decision to Amory last week. The Panthers, the 1-4A runners-up last season, had dropped six straight heading into the contest.

After a couple of close wins to close out non-division play, the Warriors have been dominant on both sides of the ball. CHS has outscored its 1-4A opponents 107-32, with the first-team defense allowing only three TDs in that stretch.

Following a two-turnover showing in a 28-2 win over Pontotoc, the Warriors haven’t given the ball away the last two contests.

Corinth will close out regular-season play next week at home against Amory.

Other games tonight have Mooreville at Kossuth in a huge game for seeding in Division 1-3A. Alcorn Central is at North Pontotoc in 1-3A, while Biggersville hosts Houlka in 1-1A action.
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