What started as a first half shootout quickly turned into a dominant victory for Senatobia in the second half of last Friday’s road contest at Kossuth.
Leading by a thin 21-20 margin, Senatobia quickly added three touchdowns in the third quarter to stun the Aggies and pull away for a 49-22 triumph.
For a moment, it seemed as if Kossuth was heading for a blowout, as bruising tailback Zamarius Alexander went 55 yards on the first play from scrimmage before scoring on a short carry three plays later. The Aggies would convert the ensuing PAT, making it a quick 7-0 deficit for the Warriors.
Senatobia responded with a little flash of its own, as tailback Jordan Osborn took it down to the Kossuth 15-yard line on the Warriors’ first play. However, a fumble on the next play led to Kossuth getting the ball right back.
Senatobia’s miscue didn’t result in any additional points as the Aggies were forced to punt. Not long after, quarterback Tyreese Hullette hit up JaBrysten Abram for the Warriors’ first touchdown. Senior kicker Koby Rhone followed with the successful PAT to tie the contest at 7-7.
Kossuth failed to get anything going on its next possession but a Hullette interception to Hank Eaton allowed the Aggies to regain the ball as the first quarter drew to a close. Alexander got the Aggies into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter, punching it in from three yards out, which gave Kossuth the 14-7 advantage.
Both teams continued to duke it out on each possession, as Jordan Osborn earned a 25-yard touchdown on the Warriors’ next drive, quickly tying the contest with 10:51 remaining in the first half.
Like they did a week earlier at Itawamba AHS, the Warriors’ defense came up big on Kossuth’s next possession, as Jaylon Williams forced and recovered an Aggies’ fumble, setting up a short field for the Warriors. Less than three minutes later, Osborn reached the end zone again from five yards out, pushing Senatobia back ahead 21-14 with 6:30 left before halftime.
Kossuth found success by giving Alexander the bulk of the carries in the first half and the Aggies continued to do so with 1:23 left in the second quarter, as the tailback scored again on a short field. Kossuth would miss the ensuing PAT however, keeping the Warriors ahead 21-20.
Senatobia tried to add a few more points for momentum but a field goal from Rhone came up just short, forcing the Warriors to accept the slim 21-20 lead heading into the locker room.
In a night and day difference from the first half, the second half proved to be no contest as the Warriors shut down the Aggies on both sides of the ball. After Osborn provided Senatobia with a quick touchdown to open the second half, Owen Gayden came up with an interception on the Aggies’ first possession. That defensive stop set up another Osborn touchdown, this time from 14 yards out, extending Senatobia’s lead to 35-20 just four minutes into the second half.
After Kossuth came up empty-handed on its next drive, Osborn once again hit the jackpot on a 35-yard touchdown carry, sending the Warriors up 42-20 midway through the third quarter.
Senatobia held steady until early in the fourth quarter, when Abram provided the exclamation point and the Warriors’ final touchdown. A late safety from Kossuth did little to spoil the Senatobia victory, as the Warriors ran down the clock and took home their second consecutive win after an 0-1 start to the season.
With the win, Senatobia improved to 2-1 on the season. The Warriors will return home this Friday night for Homecoming, hosting Region 2-3A foe and longtime rival North Panola.
Coldwater 42, H.W. Byers 30
Independence 41, Strayhorn 0
Friday also proved to be a good night for a couple more Tate County teams, as both Coldwater and Independence captured their first victories of the season.
Neither team had stats available for Monday’s deadline.
Coldwater improved to 1-3 on the season and 1-0 in Region 1-1A with its road win at H.W. Byers, while Independence jumped to 1-2 on the season with its rivalry win against Strayhorn. Meanwhile, the Mustangs dropped to 1-3 overall with the loss to IHS.
Coldwater continues region competition this week against Baldwyn (0-3). The Bearcats are coming off a two-week quarantine, which forced the forfeiture of the Bearcats’ region opener against Thrasher. Kickoff from Coldwater is set for 7 p.m.
Independence will open Region 2-3A competition against Holly Springs at home, while Strayhorn will open its Region 1-2A slate at home against Potts Camp. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. kickoffs.