HATTIESBURG – Corinth played about as perfect a game as a team can play in the Class 4A state championship game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
The Warriors scored touchdowns on every possession of the game except the last one in a dominant 55-21 victory over Poplarville Saturday for the school’s first state title in football.
Senior quarterback D.T. Sheffield ran for 220 yards on just 10 carries and scored three touchdowns, and he was 5 of 6 through the air for 164 yards and two touchdown passes.
Senior running back Tam Patterson added 134 yards on the ground on 22 runs and scored twice for the Warriors, as Corinth (14-1) piled up 553 yards of offense, 389 on the ground.
Poplarville (9-6) got a tying touchdown on a 66-yard run by senior Chase Shears in the first quarter, after Sheffield scored the first of his touchdowns on a 49-yard run.
But the Hornets’ defense was no match for the Warriors, who did not punt for the fourth consecutive game. Corinth led 34-7 at halftime, then scored on the opening possession of the second half to leave no doubt about the outcome. Shears finished with 154 yards rushing on 12 carries for Poplarville
Thanks to Stanley Caldwell for this recap.