By Brad Locke
For Corinth Today
CORINTH – Deondre House is slippery enough in dry conditions.
In a cold, steady rain Friday night, the Senatobia tailback slid through and around Corinth’s defense with ease, leading his team to a 28-21 win and the Division 1-4A regular-season title.
House, a junior, rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries. He got 268 of those yards in the first half.
“He’s been a rock for us all year running the ball, and our offensive line did a great job,” Senatobia coach Brooks Oakley said. “They’ve got a great defensive front, and we were worried about blocking them, and we were able to get it done.”
Senatobia (6-4, 5-0) also got some big plays from its defense, with three fumble recoveries and several fourth-down stops.
The last recovery came on a fourth-down play with 40 seconds left in the game.
Corinth (5-5, 3-2) had scored with 1:07 to go and recovered an onside kick but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Corinth racked up 462 rushing yards with its Wing-T attack, led by Chris Kelly’s 214 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
“We moved the ball between the 20s up and down the field, but these penalties and turnovers killed us,” Corinth coach Todd Lowery said.
Senatobia scored all of its points in the first half and led 28-14 at the break.
Turning Point: After Corinth scored to cut Senatobia’s lead to 20-14, the visiting Warriors marched 80 yards in five plays, with House scoring on a 1-yard run at the 2:27 mark of the second quarter.
Point Man: House scored all four of his TDs in the first half.
Talking Point: “We had opportunities,” Lowery said. “With our backs against the wall, we just couldn’t finish.”
• Corinth was 2 of 7 on fourth downs.
• Tam Patterson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown for Corinth, while Zack Patterson gained 89.
• In the first round of the playoffs, Senatobia will host Rosa Fort, while Corinth travels to Clarksdale.
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