Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal
The defending Class 1A champion Noxapater Tigers continued their winning streak last Friday night routing the Ethel Tigers, 47-6.
The Tigers traveled to Ethel in hopes of repeating history and adding a win to their overall and division records. That’s exactly what they did.
Noxapater started the scoring in the first quarter as the two Class 1A, Region 3 District 4 teams squared off. Senior running back Trey Baber capped a successful Tiger drive with a four yard run to the end zone.
Ethel’s next possession proved to be unproductive, but they were able to answer back later in the first quarter when Markei Johnson returned an interception 15 yards for an Ethel touchdown.
After the first quarter, Ethel did not stand a chance against Noxapater as the Tigers let their ground assault loose scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter.
Baber found his way back to the end zone twice in the second quarter, the first time on a 13-yard run and again on a 12-yard run. Between Baber’s two touchdown runs, junior quarterback Tyrell Carter scored on a 5-yard keeper.
The Tigers had built up a substantial lead going into the second half of the game. And the Noxapater defense backed it up keeping Ethel unable to reach the end zone for the rest of the game.
After halftime, Baber made a 13-yard dash to the end zone increasing the Noxapater lead. Senior running back Keon Coburn followed with a 16-yard run for Tiger touchdown.
Sophomore Dacarius Smith topped off the Noxapater 47-6 win with a final touchdown run from seven yards out. This is the fourth consecutive game Noxapater has outscored their opponent.
On the offensive side of the ball, Baber had a productive seven carries on 97 yards with four touchdowns. Coburn had seven carries on 119 yards with one touchdown while Carter had six carries on 37 yards with one touchdown.
Carter was 7-13 through the air for 164 yards.
Junior wide receiver Justin Robertson had three receptions for 101 yards while junior wide receiver Anthony Brown had two receptions for 58 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jacoby Lewis led with nine stops and two sacks. Brown had six stops with one interception while Dustin McVay had six stops. Robertson had five stops, two pass deflections and one interception.
The Tigers have now established a 4-2 overall record and are undefeated in division play with a 3-0 record.
This Friday night Noxapater will host the West Lowndes Panthers.
The Panthers are known as a tough competitor holding a 3-2 overall record and are 2-0 in division games.
Last season, the Tigers had a big win over West Lowndes overwhelming the Panthers 49-0.
West Lowndes recently defeated East Oktibbeha, 14-0.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. as Noxapater takes another step closer to playoff action.