By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya Warriors continue to win.
The Warriors collected their fourth consecutive win last Friday night in a homecoming matchup with the Ethel Tigers, 36-13.
Nanih Waiya gained an early 6-0 lead when senior Hunter Luke ran 55 yards with the kickoff return. The Warriors would not relinquish their lead over Ethel during the entire game.
Both offenses would remain silent for the rest of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Warriors began marching the ball down the field. Senior quarterback Luke Rosamond capitalized on the chance to score again with a one-yard run into the end zone.
Nanih Waiya held a 12-0 lead over the Tigers before entering halftime.
The Warriors reached the end zone again in the third quarter. Senior Deandre Holmes made a four-yard run for a Nanih Waiya touchdown. Sophomore Jamarlo Smith added the extra two points making it 20-0.
With the Warriors controlling the ball for most of the game, Ethel final managed an opportunity to answer back later in the third quarter.
Tiger quarterback Bobby Potts found Markei Johnson with a 39-yard pass. Potts made a run for the extra points cutting away at the Warrior lead, 20-8.
Nanih Waiya struck again the fourth quarter with another successful drive topped off with a run from the two by Holmes. Senior Andrew Rodman grab with extra points with a run giving the Warriors a 28-8 lead.
Ethel tried to rally later in the fourth quarter with another touchdown pass by Potts to Johnson, this time for 48 yards. Johnson added the extra two points.
The Warriors gained another touchdown in the final minutes of the game sealing their 36-16 win. Holmes made a nine-yard run and Ty Higginbotham added the PAT.
Smith led the Warrior rushing attack with 21 carries for 198 yards. Holmes had 24 carries for 130 yards with three touchdowns.
Rosamond was 3 for 12 through the air for 18 yards with one touchdown.
Luke had two receptions for 13 yards while Isaiah Eiland had one catch for five yards.
Nanih Waiya now holds 4-4 overall record and is 3-2 in district play. The Warriors are currently ranked fourth in Class 1A, Region 3, District 4 rankings right under Pelahatchie, West Oktibbeha and Noxapater who are in a battle for the top seed.
The Warriors will travel to Columbus this Friday night to take on the West Lowndes Panthers.
The Panthers have a 3-5 overall record and are 2-3 in division games. West Lowndes was recently defeated by the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves, 44-8.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.