HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – As the Class 4A Mississippi high school football championship got underway Saturday, Corinth and Poplarville high schools’ powerful running games swapped first-possession touchdowns.
The next time the Hornets found the end zone, the Warriors had scored five consecutive times.
Corinth (14-1) piled up 553 yards total offense, never punted and rolled to a 55-21 victory over Poplarville to claim the school’s first football state championship.
Senior quarterback Dontayvious Sheffield earned Most Valuable Player honors after accounting for 384 offense. Sheffield rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns and completed 5-of-6 passes for 164 yards and two more scores.
Sheffield scored on a 49-yard run to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. Poplarville (9-6) tied the game on a 66-yard run by senior tailback Chase Shears.
The tie didn’t last long. One minute, 48 seconds later, Tameron Patterson scored on 9-yard run to give the Warriors a 14-7 lead with 6:40 to play in the first quarter, and for the next 20 minutes or so, Corinth mauled Poplarville.
The Warriors scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 2-yard run by Patterson, a 69-yard touchdown pass from Sheffield to D’Kyndric Gaines and a 30-yard run by Sheffield.
Poplarville’s 34-7 halftime hole grew to 34 points when Gaines caught his second touchdown of the game, a 43-yarder, from Sheffield.
Poplarville senior running back Caziah Daniels’ 4-yard run with 2:59 left in the third quarter ended the Hornets’ scoreless streak, but the Warriors sandwiched Sheffield’s 72-yard run and Patterson’s 35-yard run around a 1-yard run by Poplarville senior Zac Owen.
Patterson backed Sheffield’s production with 134 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Warriors rushed for 389 yards.
Gaines hauled in three passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Spears ran for 154 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Owen added 77 yards and a score on 23 carries. Senior Casin Sones rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries and Daniels had 41 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.