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Playoffs: CHS, Byhalia meet for first time
by H. Lee Smith II
Nov 07, 2013 | 407 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Corinth opens its 17th postseason tonight against a first-time opponent.

The Division 1-4A champion Warriors (10-1) face off with Byhalia (3-6) -- the No. 4 team from 2-4A -- tonight at Warrior Stadium II in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Admission will be $7 for everyone, with only state passes honored. Season ticket holders may procure their tickets in advance at the high school office until 3 p.m.

Classes 2A and 3A also open tonight with 32 teams and 16 games in each class. Regular-season play in 1A, 5A and 6A concludes tonight with their postseason beginning next Friday.

Kossuth is at Water Valley and Booneville plays host to North Panola in 3A action. The Aggies, making their third straight appearance, hope for a repeat of 2005 when KHS knocked off the second-seeded Blue Devils on the road.

Corinth its making its 14th straight appearance in the playoffs and third since returning to 4A since the end of the 1994 season. The Warriors are 1-3 in the 4A playoffs.

Byhalia, which returned from a lengthy football hiatus in the 2000s, made some noise in the 3A playoffs last season before being bumped up a class. The Indians went 9-5 and advanced to the third round as a No. 2 seed to eventual state runner-up Charleston in their division.

BHS blanked Mooreville 35-0 before winning 14-6 at Booneville. The Indians were eliminated 6-5 by then unbeaten Cleveland East Side in the North semifinals.

Corinth finished as the No. 3 team in 1-4A last season and fell to postseason nemesis Louisville 42-19 in the opening round. The Wildcats have ended the Warriors season four out of the last six years.

Their will be no Louisville jinx this time around as the Wildcats dropped down to 3A. LHS enters its postseason 11-0, having outscored its opponents 398-53.

Despite a brief history in 4A, Corinth is unbeaten at home in the postseason. The Warriors opened the 2011 playoffs with a 38-6 win over Yazoo County after getting into, and then securing a home game, with a 21-20 win over Shannon in the regular-season finale.

Corinth was loaded with sophomores and freshmen that season and much of that group is back with three or more playoff games of experience. Now senior Brice Spence had two catches -- both for TDs -- while Kyoshi Agnew, Kendrick Williams and Jordan Wetzel combined for 75 yards on the ground.

Then freshman Demarkus Prather had one of five Corinth TDs.

The Warriors top four defenders that game were also sophomores. Agnew tallied a game-high 14 stops, followed by Quajae Fisher (9), Williams (8) and Jose Contreras (5).

It was also the first meeting on the gridiron for Corinth and Yazoo County. The two played twice within two weeks during the 2002-2003 basketball playoffs

Corinth traveled to Louisville in the next round, and ended the season at 6-6 following a 35-17 setback in Jimmy Mitchell’s last contest on the sideline.

A win would move Corinth into the second round against either West Lauderdale or Cleveland. The Warriors most recently played Cleveland in the 2001 3A North Half Championship and have never played the Knights in football.
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