Daily Journal Reports
CORINTH - The Warriors are on a roll.
A week after mauling the Baldwyn Bearcats, Corinth, ranked No. 2 in the Daily Journal's large schools poll, administered another whipping.
This time Itawamba AHS was the victim, falling by a 48-0 count.
The Warriors (2-0) clicked in all phases of the game. They returned a punt for a touchdown, returned another to set up a score and returned an interception for a touchdown.
"We were not expecting a game like that, because we know Itawamba's reputation and how they play," Corinth coach Jimmy Mitchell said. "But our kids played hard. We were focused on cutting down on mistakes. They understand that if they cut down on mistakes it improves their chances to win in close games."
This one wasn't close for long.
Devin Armstead put the Warriors on the board with a 55-yard punt return early in the first quarter. It was 14-0 before the period ended, as Corinth scored its second touchdown on a 5-yard run by Jarod Luster and got a 2-point conversion pass to Lee Tull from Kevin Williams.
Luster scored second-quarter touchdowns on runs of 7, 21 and 4 yards.
Corinth closed the scoring with a 3-yard run by Ben Cain in the third quarter and a 2-yard run by Kevin Newcomb in the fourth quarter.
Corinth, now 33-1 in the regular season since the end of 1999, tied a school record with 350 punt return yards.
The Warriors had 299 yards of offense, with Williams going 7-for-13 for 119 yards through the air.
Defensively, Corinth had five takeaways with three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Running back Jessie Esters led Itawamba AHS (1-1) with 53 yards on 21 carries.
Mitchell says Corinth's fast start began in the summer - not in August.
"We had great summer workouts," he said. "The guys are just trying to improve every week. Everything else in a game will take care of itself."