The Corinth Warriors finally took advantage of Shannon’s generosity.
Corinth turned three Shannon turnovers into 17 points in the second half and finally pulled away from the Red Raiders 31-6 Friday night at Warrior Stadium II.
The Warriors (7-3, 3-1) travel to Amory on Friday to close out the regular season. Both have lost to Itawamba AHS in league play and the winner will claim the runner-up spot and a home playoff game in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs, which begin Nov. 7.
The loser will open the second season on the road, at either Greenwood or Cleveland.
Corinth was able to take a 25-point win despite Antares Gwyn not having a hand in any of the scoring for the first time since the Shannon game at this time last season. Gwyn had accounted for 29 scores through eight games but was held to just 35 yards of offense on 15 plays.
It was also Gwyn’s lowest output since the game at Shannon -- a span of 11 outings over two seasons. In last year’s contest, the then-sophomore was 0-for-4 passing and netted 0 yards on six carries.
Corinth led 7-0 at the break with Isaac Haney’s 2-yard run in the closing seconds of the first half accounting for the scoring.
Shannon (2-7, 1-3) fumbled four times in the opening half, but Corinth couldn’t turn the takeaways into points.
The trend reversed itself over the final 24 minutes. Dee Brown capped a half-opening, 11-play, 73-yard drive with a 5-yard run and four plays later, Tanner Maness returned an interception 49 yards for a 21-0 cushion.
It was Maness’ second pick six of the season and third in his two-year career.
Corinth got its 10 fourth-quarter points off of Shannon turnovers.
Javen Morrison’s fourth interception of the season produced a 24-yard field goal by Jake Curtis with 7:23 remaining.
Deonta Williams fumble recovery -- Corinth’s fifth of the night -- with 7:03 left led to a 5-yard field and Brown’s second TD of the night.
Corinth finished with 294 yards of offense, just the third game under 300 this season.
The Warriors got 272 on the ground, paced by Brown’s 89 and two scores on 10 carries. Demarkus Prather had 85 on just five totes and Haney finished with seven for 53.
After losing 23 on sacks in the first quarter-plus, Gwyn netted 13 yards on just six carries. Unofficially, he’ll head to Amory needing 73 yards to become the first 1,000-yard rusher at CHS since 2008.
Corinth 31, Shannon 6
Shannon 0 0 6 0 -- 6
Corinth 7 0 14 10 -- 31
COR -- Isaac Haney 2 run (Jake Curtis kick), 0:41
COR -- Dee Brown 5 run (Curtis kick), 7:35
COR -- Tanner Maness 49 INT return (Curtis kick), 5:25
SHN -- Erran Curry 2 run (kick failed), 0:00
COR -- Curtis 24 FG, 7:23
COR -- Brown 6 run (Curtis kick), 6:12