Following a rare loss to North Panola the week before, Senatobia needed to bounce back in a big way to avoid falling to 0-2 in Region 2-3A.
Despite moving the game to Thursday and traveling on the road, the bounce back came anyway for the Warriors as SHS defeated Holly Springs 56-12.
Senatobia scored early and often, starting on the first play from scrimmage as Tyreese Hullette hit JaBrysten Abram on a 54-yard touchdown pass. Koby Rhone followed with the PAT to make it a quick 7-0 lead for the Warriors.
After recovering a Holly Springs fumble on the next possession, the Warriors marched into the red zone, only to fumble themselves on a high snap that resulted in a Holly Springs recovery. The Hawks came up empty-handed on their next drive though, allowing SHS to take over again with no harm and no foul.
Less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Nickisis Sipp got the Warriors back in the end zone with a 22-yard touchdown run to make it a 14-0 lead as the clock expired on the opening quarter.
Things would only get better for the Warriors in the second quarter, as Abram picked off Holly Springs quarterback Dylan King on the first play of the quarter, which would set up a short touchdown from Sipp that extended the lead to 21-0.
Senatobia would end the first half with two additional scores, one on a short pass from Hullette to Luke Sinquefield and the other coming off Sipp’s third touchdown of the night, a three-yard rush. The two touchdowns sent the Warriors to the locker room with a comfortable 35-0 advantage.
A quarterback change in the second half did little to slow down the Warriors, as freshman Sam Richardson connected with Abram on a 35-yard score, extending the lead to 42-0 with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter.
Holly Springs finally got on the board on its next possession with a 47-yard touchdown pass from King, but SHS quickly countered with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Richardson to Sinquefield that pushed the lead to 49-6.
More reserves began to see time as the fourth quarter began, but the Warriors were not done scoring. Just over a minute into the final quarter, Kentavious Mack took a rush down the SHS sideline for a 23-yard touchdown, putting the Warriors up 56-6.
Holly Springs got one final score with 3:55 left in the contest, as King scored on a quarterback keeper. The final gasp from the Hawks did little to diminish the Warriors’ victory however, as SHS came away with the 56-12 win.
Hullette finished 4-for-5 with 80 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Richardson completed all three of his pass attempts for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Sipp led the ground game for the Warriors, rushing for 86 yards on 19 carries with two scores. Sinquefield and Abram combined for 188 yards on six receptions with four touchdowns. Rhone also hit all eight of his PAT attempts.
Defensively, the Warriors were led by six tackles from Abram, Brandon Mercer and Carlando Crump. D.J. Hawkins and Hunter Mabry also came away with five tackles apiece.
With the win, Senatobia improved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 2-3A. The Warriors will travel to Byhalia on Friday with a chance to clinch a playoff slot.
In other action:
Water Valley 21, Independence 12
Despite holding a 12-0 lead midway through the second quarter, Independence was unable to sustain a comeback from Water Valley that resulted in 21 unanswered points and a 21-12 loss for the Wildcats.
Independence was unable to convert on a PAT attempt on its first touchdown and were denied the two-point conversion on its second touchdown.
Water Valley earned its first touchdown late in the first half and took the lead on a 46-yard score from C.J. Telford to Colby Lafayette with 1:27 left in the third quarter. The Blue Devils then took the lead on a seven-yard score with 6:45 left in the contest.
A big kickoff return put Independence in the red zone with 6:31 left to go but the Wildcats were unable to score, turning the ball over to Water Valley and allowing the Blue Devils to run out the clock.
With the loss, Independence fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 2-3A competition. The Wildcats will take on fourth-ranked North Panola this Friday in Independence.