Corinth Holders used a proven formula for success to roll to a 39-7 victory over Smithfield-Selma in a Two Rivers 3A Conference football game Friday night.
The Pirates (7-3, 3-1) used the powerful running of junior Howard Watson and the accurate passing of senior quarterback Cole Sakowski to control the ball against the Spartans (3-7, 2-2). The win keeps Corinth Holders in the hunt for a share of the Two Rivers 3A Conference title. The Pirates enter the final week of the regular season in control of its playoff and championship fate.
Watson rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns and Sakowski passed for 143 yards and three touchdowns in a balanced attack that was simply too much for the Spartans.
“We’ve been doing that all year,” Corinth Holders coach Barry Honeycutt said of the mix of the run and the pass. “The running game has helped us a bunch.”
Watson, a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder, scored on runs of 34 and 45 yards in the second half, the last score a burst off the right side that was his final carry of the night – pushing the score to 39-7 with four minutes remaining.
Watson pushed his season rushing total to 1,323 yards. He has scored 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Sakowski completed eight of 12 passes, connecting on scoring passes of 30 yards to Tony Kirkwood and 36 yards Dymon Walker in the first half to help the Pirates take an 18-0 halftime lead. Sakowski completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Neal in the second half.
Smithfield-Selma’s lone score came on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Raequan Smith to Robert Hicks early in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates dominated the first half, scoring touchdowns on three of five possessions.
Corinth Holders took the opening kickoff and drove 63 yards in just five plays. The point-after attempt following the opening drive score was blocked leaving the score 6-0 less than two minutes into the game.
The Pirates moved into Smithfield-Selma territory on their next possession but fumbled the ball after a pass completion to the 13.
Corinth Holders used its defense to set up its second touchdown. Smithfield-Selma quarterback Reaquan Smith was sacked inside the Spartans’ 10 and fumbled. The Pirates recovered at the 6, and Watson took it in on first down. A two-point pass failed for a 12-0 score with 1:35 left in the opening quarter.
The next time the Pirates got the ball, they went 70 yards in five plays to open the second quarter. Sakowski completed three passes in the drive, getting the touchdown on a 36-yard strike to Walker.
A two-point attempt was stopped and the score stood at 18-0.
Sakowski was 7-for-10 passing in the first half for 123 yards and the two scores. Watson totaled 101 yards on eight carries in the first half.