NEW ALBANY -- The Corinth Warriors turned in stellar performances on both sides of the ball and bounced back from last Friday’s loss with a 52-13 win at New Albany on Friday.
Corinth posted its most points in the 65-game series -- dating back to 1923 -- since a 53-0 blanking in 1937, the first night game at the original Warrior Stadium.
“The team came focused this week and had a great week of practice,” said third-year Corinth Head Coach Doug Jones. “They got mentally prepared to play tonight and did a great job of playing hard every play. I was extremely proud of their effort for four quarters.”
The Warriors rolled up 553 yards of offense and saw quarterback Antares Gwyn tie another school mark. Two weeks after throwing five touchdown passes, the junior rushed for three and threw for three more -- tying a handful of former Warriors by being responsible for six touchdowns.
Corinth took a comfortable 38-7 lead at the break, surpassing last week’s point total in a three-point loss to Booneville. The Warriors amassed 341 yards, averaging nearly 10 per play, and scored on each of their first five possessions -- sandwiching a pair of Gwyn scores around a 22-yard field goal by Jake Curtis.
Gwyn carried three times for 70 yards in the first half, and was only tackled once. The second-year QB kept for runs of 17 and 55 yards. In between he connected with Quentin Patterson (30) and Demarkus Prather (34) for TD passes.
New Albany used a short field to score their lone TD in nine first-half drives, going 32 yards in eight plays.
Corinth took over with 3:06 left on the clock and needed just 57 seconds to get the score back. Gwyn looked off one receiver before hitting Armad Wicks in stride behind the defense for a 70-yard score.
After being gashed to the tune of nine scores and 768 yards the previous two games, Corinth’s defense limited New Albany to just three first downs and 33 yards on 30 plays in the opening half.
The Warriors came away with three turnovers in the first half -- fumble recoveries by Prather and Payton Tucker and Javen Morrison’s team-high third pick of the season.
Corinth opened the second half with an 11-play, 72-yard drive with Gwyn accounting for his sixth score of the night on a 2-yard sneak. He ended his night with 284 yards on 21 plays.
Jay Cobbs got in on the rushing act for the first time this season. The defensive starter came on in relief and tied Gwyn for team honors with 72 yards and his first career score on seven carries.
Corinth had emptied its bench by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. Corinth’s reserves put together a seven-play, 86-yard scoring drive on offense, and allowed New Albany just 67 yards in the fourth quarter.
“The young guys did an outstanding job when they went into the game as well.”
Corinth finished with 320 yards rushing and another 233 through the air.
Wicks had three catches for 90 yards and a score, while Patterson hauled in three for 62 digits and another six-pointer.
Corinth 52, New Albany 13
Corinth 17 21 7 7 -- 52
New Albany 0 7 0 6 -- 13
COR -- Quentin Patterson 30 pass from Antares Gwyn (Jake Curtis kick), 7:13
COR -- Gwyn 17 run (Curtis kick), 5:15
COR -- Curtis 22 FG, 0:35
COR -- Demarkus Prather 34 pass from Gwyn (Curtis kick), 9:34
COR -- Gwyn 55 run (Curtis kick), 7:56
NA -- Bryce Collins 1 run (Eathan Rainey kick), 3:06
COR -- Armad Wicks 70 pass from Gwyn (Curtis kick), 2:09
COR -- Gwyn 2 run (Curtis kick), 7:37
COR -- Jay Cobbs 6 run (Michael Baugus kick), 5:30
NA -- Sam McMillin 1 run (kick failed), 0:14