Kossuth turned into the “Air-Raid Aggies” against Corinth Friday night and had the Warriors on the ropes until halftime.
But the Tribe celebrated Senior Night with 43 second half points on their way to a 66-27 win over Kossuth to move to 2-1 on the season heading toward a colossal matchup next Friday, September 25 at Warrior Stadium II against defending MAIS 6A state champion Madison Ridgeland Academy.
The No. 7 Patriots blanked Philadelphia 18-0 Friday to improve to 5-0 as they now prepare to face No. 1 (4A) Corinth on the road.
Kossuth, led by senior iron-man Brock Seago, punched the Warriors in the mouth on the first drive of the game as wide receiver Hank Eaton hauled in a Seago pass on a crossing pattern and outran the CHS secondary 62 yards for the opening touchdown at the 9:29 mark of the first quarter. Brody Hajek added the PAT for a 7-0 Aggies lead.
Corinth wasn’t able to punch it in the end zone on their first drive but they did manage to get close enough for an Eli Burciaga 27-yard field goal with 6:32 left in the opening quarter.
Following an Aggies punt on the ensuing drive, the Tribe cashed in with a 70-yard Christian Barber touchdown run. Burciaga’s PAT made it 10-7 CHS at the 2:42 juncture of the first quarter.
Kossuth went three-and-out on the following drive and punted back to the Warriors. It took one play for Corinth to score again as Nazarius Jones scampered 77 yards for a touchdown. Burciaga’s PAT made it 17-7 Tribe with 1:25 left in the first.
As the first quarter turned into the second, Seago was brought down for a five-yard loss on third-and-2 to force another Aggies punt.
Once again, Corinth took a single play to score as quarterback Brawner Cregeen hooked up with Braxton Curlee for a nifty 58-yard touchdown with 9:43 left in the second quarter. The PAT sailed wide left and it was 23-7.
On the ensuing drive Seago was tackled for a five-yard loss on third-and-two to force another Kossuth punt. However, Corinth turned the ball back over to the Aggies three plays later on a lost fumble at the 36.
Seago was on target to Keb Brawner for a 22-yard gain down to the one-yard line before the Aggies QB scored on a one-yard plunge with 3:13 remaining until halftime. The PAT made it 23-14, which held to be the halftime score.
“We were a bit sluggish early on and turned the ball over a couple of times before we got our wheels under us,” said CHS head coach Todd Lowery. “The game was everything I thought it would be. We knew we would get their (Aggies) best effort and they showed up and played really hard and really well tonight.”
Kossuth head coach Brian Kelly said pregame that his team had bounced back from a disappointing loss at Adamsville a week earlier and entered the Corinth contest following a good week of practice. He also added, “Even the years we’ve beaten them they (CHS) had better players and better talent than us. In these games it’s all about who wins the lines of scrimmage, holds on to the ball and executes better.”
His team did all those things well in the first half. Then came half two.
Corinth stretched their lead to 30-14 on a 53-yard Cayden Betts run on the first play of the third quarter. Burciaga added the PAT to make it 30-14 Warriors. But the Aggies weren’t done as they cut the CHS lead to 10, 30-20, on a 13-yard scoring pass from Seago to Reece Crum at the 9:22 mark. The two-point run failed.
The Tribe came right back and answered Kossuth’s score with another big play as Betts returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a momentum-changing TD. The PAT made it 37-20 with 9:05 remaining in the third.
The Aggies wouldn’t go away yet. Seago tossed his third touchdown of the game as he connected with Eaton again, this time from 10 yards out. Hajek’s PAT would provide the final points for KHS.
Corinth poured it on with a Nazarius Jones touchdown run, a Betts two-yard run, a 15-yard TD hookup from Cregeen to Devon Jones and, finally, a 21-yard scoring strike from reserve QB Matthew Inman to wideout Q. Wimsatt.
I’m pleased with the way we responded, especially after halftime,” said Lowery following the win. “Sometimes coaches go in between halves and scream and holler but we choose not to do that. We sit down and talk about what we did in the first half and what the opponent did and we make adjustments. We did that again tonight. Our coaching staff did a terrific job once again.”
Corinth finished the non-division game with 539 total yards with 397 coming on the ground. The Warriors had three backs cross the 100-yard barrier with Betts leading the way with 140 yards, followed by Barber with 129 and Nazarius Jones with 123.
Cregeen completed 9-14 for 121 yards and a pair of scores.
Kossuth totalled 273 yards with 214 via the passing game. Seago finished 14-32 for 214 yards with three TD’s and an interception.
Zamarius Alexander was the leading rusher for the Aggies with 47 yards on just four carries.
Corinth (2-1) host MRA next Friday while Kossuth (1-2) will host Senatobia. Both games will serve as homecoming contests for the two squads.