Corinth Holders started strong, but it was Northern Nash that had the finishing powerFriday, rallying for a 24-20 victory in the season opener.
The Knights rallied from deficits of 14-0 and 20-10, scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to break the hearts of the visiting Pirates.
Leading 20-10 entering the final quarter, the Pirates couldn’t generate the offense it had displayed over the first three quarters.And while its offense stalled, there was little wind in the sails for the Pirates defense, which couldn’t find an answer to the legs of Northern Nash quarterback Jacob Green and running backs Jamayis Rosser, Quan Whitaker and Latrell Pulley.
Northern drew within 20-17 on a 16-play, 78-yard drive with9:47to play, culminated by Rosser’s one-yard scamper.
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Pulley handled the bulk of the load, with five carries for 32 yards, while Whitaker’s 12-yard run to the two-yard line on third-and-3 set up Rosser’s plunge.
After forcing the Pirates to turn the ball over on downs, Northern drove the field again, highlighted by a 19-yard pass play on second and seven from the Pirates 20.
Rosser, who accounted for all three Northern Nash TDs, needed one snap to give the Knights the only lead they would need, 23-20.Tyler Polensky’s PAT provided the final margin.
The Pirates opened with a powerful run and pas mix, as Cole Sakowski completed 5 -of-12 passes for 65 first-half yards, setting up Corinth Holders first two scores.
The first came four minutes into the game, a 4-yard plunge by Howard Watson and a 5-yard second-quarter burst by Sakowski.
But Northern answered, getting its running game in gear behind Pulley who steadily moved the ball up the field, then handed the ball to Rosser for its first tally with six minutes left in the half, drawing Northern within 14-7.
The Knights stooped Corinth on downs, and drew within 14-10 on a 23-yard field goal by Polensky, and following a Pirates fumble, missed drawing within 14-13 when Corinth Holders’ Dymon Walker blocked a43-yard field goal attempt.
The Pirates came out of the gates with a vengeance in the second half, forcing the Knights to turn he ball over on downs, then used a 64-yard catch and run by Walker to set up a first and goal, but a 23-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
After a punt return gave the Pirates the ball at the Knights 27 midway through the third period, Kaelin O’Neal dashed 13 yards for a first down, and Watson covered the final 14 for a 20-10 lead by the Pirates.