Coverage Recap: Pontotoc 25 | Senatobia 22
Pontotoc escaped Senatobia with w 25-22 win. What started slow ended with excitement.
For the first half things were very calm on the Pontotoc side of things. It started when Austin Morphis picked off a Senatobia pass and took it 85 yards for the game’s first score. Pontotoc would score two more times in the half and take an 18-6 lead into the locker room. In the second half the tables turned when Senatobia found a spark and would turn the night into a battle.
Senatobia running back Deondre House put on a show and led the Warriors back from a 12-point deficit to a four-point lead with under five minutes to play.
Coach Carter, just as he did the week before, used two quarterbacks. It appears he is giving both QBs, who have very similar skillsets, an opportunity to win the job outright. On Pontotoc’s last drive of offense, trailing by four, it was junior Justin Carter who would take the snaps and provide the play of the game.
Carter connected with Austin Morphis for a 27-yard strike that moved the Warriors into the redzone. He followed that with an old school option pitch to running back Immanuel Vance to get inside the ten. Vance would punch it in the next play for the go ahead, and eventual winning, score.
Pontotoc would have to stop Senatobia to ensure the victory and they did just that. They did so lead by the play of Cole Smith. Smith is big and athletic and uses his rare combination of power and speed on both sides of the football.
The most telling thing of the night came from the junior quarterback for Pontotoc. Neither QB stood out for over three and a half quarters but in the end, with the game on the line, Carter looked poised and led his team down the field for the win. It may not have looked impressive but I assure you it was. It will be interesting to see if the keys are eventually turned over to him sooner rather than later.