Alcorn Central improved to 3-0 for the first time in 26 years with a road win at Falkner while Biggersville and Kossuth both allowed victory to slip through their fingers in close home losses as week two of the local gridiron campaign wrapped up on Friday evening.
Following are summaries of those games, as well as others played around the Daily Corinthian coverage area on Friday, Sept. 10
Alcorn Central 54 Falkner 12
The Eagles hung around for the entire first quarter before the Golden Bears built a brick wall and pitched a shutout over the final three periods as they won going away 54-12 to move to 3-0 for the first time since 1995.
Following a sluggish first half Central exploded in the second with big play after big play, taking advantage of several Falkner miscues along the way. The Bears finished with well north of 200 yards passing while several different running backs enjoyed playing time, along with time in the end zone.
“They (Eagles) came out and showed they were a much improved team early on,” said AC coach Matt Meeks. “I told our guys that if we allowed them to stick around and keep it close we could lose this game. But I was proud of the way we made some necessary adjustments at halftime and had our way the rest of the night. We made plays on special teams, defense, offense, all over the field.”
Golden Bear quarterback Talen Kemp was a perfect 4-4 through the air with three connections going to wideout Alex Moore for touchdowns of 78, 40 and 93 yards. Kemp also added a pair of two-point conversions while running back Charlie Staley led Central with 69 rushing yards, a touchdown and three two-point conversions.
The Golden Bears will play their home opener next Friday as they host perennial 1A power Smithville.
Eupora 42 Biggersville 30
Biggersville rallied from a 21-12 halftime deficit to take a 30-28 lead early in the final quarter. It appeared the Lions would win their home opener in grand style.
However, two late Eupora touchdowns spoiled the evening for BHS as the home team suffered their first regular season loss in two years, falling 42-30 despite a heroic effort and growing pains from several freshman and sophomores that grew up fast on this night.
“We had a couple of bad bounces happen late that allowed them (Eagles) to respond with a pair of late touchdowns and win,” said Lions head coach Case Ingram. “They (Eupora) are the real deal. They are big, physical and that running back, number seven, is a stud that reminds me a lot of Qua Davis and Goldman Butler.”
“We had some really young players that grew up tonight and I told them as much after the game. I was really proud of the way the entire team responded after we fell behind. They had a chance to fold it up and say ‘we tried’ but they didn’t. They fought hard and we almost pulled this game out of the hat.”
Zae Davis led BHS with 118 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while catching five passes for 38 yards.
The Lions will be at Walnut next week.
Ripley 21 Kossuth 20
Kossuth out-gained Ripley 333-173 but were doomed by six turnovers in a 21-20 loss on Friday.
The Aggies tied the game in the first quarter on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Bright to T.J. Strickland and took their lead in the second on a 16-yard Brady Kelly touchdown run.
The Tigers reclaimed the lead at 14-13 in the third quarter.
Aggie quarterback Jack Johnson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jack Riley Hancock to give Kossuth a 20-14 lead in the third quarter.
Kelly led Kossuth with 84 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Tate Rogers ran for 51 yards on 10 carries.
Trace Wegman led the Aggie defense with four tackles and six assists.
Booneville 31 East Union 21
Booneville overcame a 21-17 fourth quarter deficit to fight to a 31-21 victory over East Union on Friday.
The Blue Devils (3-0) averaged 8.2 yards per carry for the game as
Zion Nunn ran for 175 yards on 16 carries to lead the way. L.J. Shumpert finished with 108 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries.
Booneville led 14-6 at halftime on a 2-yard Shumpert run and a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ben Sandlin to T.J. Brown.
From there, the Urchins scored 21 straight, on a pair of Hayden Frazier touchdown runs and a Rett Johnson 74-yard punt return touchdown. Guy Gillespie connected on a 27-yard field goal with 56 seconds left in the third.
Shumpert scored for the Blue Devils in the fourth on runs of five yards and 65 yards.
Tupelo 56 Corinth 0
It was a game the Warriors need to forget quickly as they were dominated by one of the best 6A teams in north Mississippi.
The Golden Wave and Corinth were locked in a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter before the floodgates opened.
Tupelo led 22-0 at halftime, scored on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and rolled to the 56-0 win.
“We’ve just gotta learn from our mistakes and get better,” said CHS coach Justin Dye. “Playing teams like this show where we can be exposed. We simply must go to work and correct the mistakes we made and get ready to play Houston next Friday.”
Corinth will host the Hilltoppers for homecoming at Warrior Stadium next week.