For the second straight week, Greenwood’s push for a state championship will have a rematch theme.
The Bulldogs exacted revenge last Friday against a team that ended its postseason run a year ago, beating defending state 4A champion Louisville 14-6. That sets up another rematch from the 2018 playoffs Friday, when the Bulldogs travel to Corinth for what should be an exciting contest between two explosive offenses.
Greenwood stayed undefeated and moved to 13-0 as the nasty Bulldog defense just missed a fifth straight shutout.
Now, the Warriors (12-1) get a taste for a shot at revenege when they try repay the favor to the Bulldogs with a rare trip to the state championship. Corinth’s only appearance came in 2001.
Since the MHSAA went to the current class formation in 1982, Greenwood has played in just two — falling 27-7 to Pascagoula in 1987 and 23-19 to Warren Central in 1988 in Class 5A.
“The mission stays the same each year, survive and advance, while the teams change each week,” GHS coach Clinton Gatewood said. “Hey, we know we have to go up there and play our best. Nothing else will do once you get this far into it.
“We know they are excited about seeing us again. We take that as a compliment.”
Corinth’s football motto since last November’s home loss to Greenwood has been “unfinished business.” Talk of “tearing down that wall” has been prominent in the Warriors camp the entire year.
Well, consider the wall gone.
Friday night, the Warriors blew past previously unbeaten Itawamba AHS 44-31 to earn the right to host the 4A North half championship.
The Bulldogs ended Corinth’s season last year 40-38 when two late fumbles cost CHS the game.
This year’s Corinth upperclassmen haven’t forgotten, including senior offensive lineman and Samford commit Cooper Frazier.
“The past two years we have let the games get away,” he told the Corinth newspaper after Friday’s win. “Especially last year against Greenwood. But we have been on a mission to end the streak of falling out in the third round, and now we’ve done it.”
Corinth hasn’t turned the ball over in the playoffs this year.
Senior running back Tam Patterson totalled 174 yards on the ground to lead the Warriors while D.T. Sheffield completed 5 of 6 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
The Warriors average 302 yards per game on the ground, while averaging 92 through the air.
Patterson went over 1,000 yards for the season before last week’s game, while Sheffield has thrown for more than 1,100 yards.
The Warriors scored six offensive touchdowns and tallied 425 yards of offense last week (322 on the ground and 103 through the air).
“We’ve got so many different weapons, and we can do several different things,” Corinth coach Todd Lowery told the Tupelo Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
“We knew coming in how physical we were up front and what we could do. I felt comfortable in our Wing-T and our spread stuff is there.”