Biggersville did what Biggersville normally does while Kossuth gave Amory a serious scare before succumbing to the Panthers at home Friday night in local football action.
Following are summaries of other games played around the Daily Corinthian coverage area Friday night, including Corinth’s 32-point win at Tishomingo County.
Biggersville 55 Ashland 0
For the third straight game the Lions pitched a shutout as they completely dominated visiting Ashland 55-0 on homecoming night.
The contest was so well in hand by the end of the first quarter that head coach Stan Platt began to insert his second and third teamer’s, who in turn played well and kept the momentum going.
“We played well as a team again tonight in every phase of the game,” said Platt. “Our execution was crisp even with our second and third teams in. Both our quarterbacks threw the ball well and Goldman (Butler) just did what Goldman does. I think he averaged around 12 yards per carry.”
To be exact the senior running back averaged 12.8 yards per carry as he compiled 64 yards and a touchdown on just five carries.
“We didn’t try to pad the stats,” Platt added. “We wanted everyone to get plenty of playing time because we’re gonna need that experience down the road.”
Zae Davis was effective once again for BHS as both of his receptions resulted in touchdowns.
The Lions scored first less than a minute into the game when quarterback Drew Rowsey connected with Davis for a 16-yard pitch-and-catch at the 11:06 mark. Butler added the first of three 2-point conversion runs to hand BHS an 8-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Lions to score again, and give the homecoming crowd what they wanted, as Butler scored from 15 yards out with 9:17 remaining in the opening period. He added the 2-point run to make it 16-0.
Rowsey scored less than three minutes later on a 34-yard run and then added the 2-point conversion for a 24-0 advantage.
First year players Tre Mayes, a transfer from Corinth, and Jathan Hatch- who moved in from Ripley- also scored for Biggersville, Mayes on an eight-yard run and Hatch from 26 yards away.
Biggersville’s defense was like a stone wall, limiting the Blue Devils to minus 14 yards of total offense while the Lions held a 16-4 advantage in first downs.
The 5-0 (2-0 in Division 1-1A) Lions will face likely their stiffest challenge for the league title when they host Baldwyn next Friday. It will serve as the Daily Corinthian Game of the Week.
Corinth 52 Tishomingo County 20
The Warriors rebounded nicely, thank you, as they scored in every facet of the game in a 52-20 win at Tishomingo County to open defense of their Division 1-4A championship.
Led by three touchdowns from Cayden Betts, one coming on a school record 99-yard kickoff return, and a stifling defense that intercepted Braves quarterback Blake Counce five times, Corinth improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play heading into their final non-division contest of the season next week at Noxubee County.
“Hats off to Corinth,” said TC head coach Richard Russo. “That’s what a state champion is supposed to look like. This was by far the biggest game a lot of our kids have ever played in and we had that deer in the headlights look several times during the course of the game. But I am proud of our relentless effort, that even though we were down 52-14 we never rolled over or gave up. We kept fighting and that will be a positive we can build on. Their (Warriors) team speed is really good and we had trouble keeping up with them.”
Betts scored the first TD of the contest, finding pay-dirt after a 62-yard run with 10:37 remaining in the opening period. Eli Burciaga added the PAT for a 7-0 CHS lead.
Tishomingo County evened the score on a Gavin Crocker two-yard touchdown at the 7:38 mark. Scott Robinson’s PAT made it 7-7.
The Tribe would score three more times before TC could respond. Nazarius Jones scored on a 26-yard run followed by a 41-yard pick-6 by Chris Rodgers before the first quarter expired.
Corinth QB Brawner Cregeen added a one-yard run to make it a 28-7 game with 10:08 remaining in the second quarter.
Crocker scored his second TD of the game on another two-yard run to cut the Warriors lead in half at 28-14. But as soon as the Braves had gained some momentum Betts took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards to the house.
A Burciaga 33-yard field goal gave CHS a 38-14 halftime lead.
Betts added a one-yard scoring run while Naz Jones returned an interception 56 yards for a score in the third quarter. The Braves added a late TD as Crocker scored from 22 yards out.
Tishomingo County falls to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in division play. They will be on the road next week as they travel to face Ripley, a 35-21 winner over North Pontotoc Friday night.
Amory 37 Kossuth 29
The Aggies were in position for the upset when they grabbed a 14-7 first quarter lead over the visiting Panthers.
But Amory scored twice in the second period to take a 21-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Kossuth evened things up at 21-all early in the third quarter before the Panthers scored 16 unanswered points to take a 37-21 lead. A fourth quarter touchdown pass, covering 25 yards from quarterback Brock Seago to wide receiver Keb Brawner, created the final margin.
Aggies running back Zamarius Alexander had another big game, rushing for 185 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown while Seago got back on track in the passing game, completing 10-19 for 146 yards and a pair of TD’s.
The Aggies managed to control the time of possession and actually enjoyed a 63-48 advantage in total plays from scrimmage. They even out-gained Amory 357-314 and had 30 first downs to 17 for the Panthers but couldn’t come up with any turnovers that might have turned the game around.
Kossuth, now 1-4 overall and 0-1 in Division 1-3A play, will be on the road at Nettleton next week. The Tigers defeated Belmont 48-31 Friday.
Thrasher 24 Byers 14
The Rebels moved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in Division 1-1A as they rallied from a 14-8 halftime deficit to win their 2020 home opener 24-14 over Byers at Death Valley.
“The kids played as hard as they have in a long time,” said Thrasher head coach Jason Allen. “We trailed at halftime but we didn’t quit and shut them (Lions) out the rest of the way. Our defense was lights out and swarmed to the ball all night.”
Rebels running back Ashton Pharr led the THS charge with 155 yards on 18 carries and scored twice along with a two-point conversion run. Jude White chipped in with 43 yards on seven totes and a TD. Quarterback Ethan Cummings scored on a two-yard sneak and added a pair of two point conversions.
Thrasher will next travel to Myrtle to face the Hawks, a 49-0 winner over Falkner Friday night.
Walnut 55 JZ George 28
Following a shocking 31-point loss at South Pontotoc last week, the Wildcats bounced back in fine fashion, dominating JZ George from the start in a 55-28 homecoming victory.
No scoring plays, stats or comments were available from the Walnut staff.
The ‘Cats will be at East Union next week. It will be the Division 1-2A opener and pit the two division favorites against each other as both squads will be 4-1 entering the game.