Oct. 30 – AMORY – Amory completed a clean sweep of the 4-3A Division on Friday and did so in a dominant fashion, beating rival Nettleton 46-14 to officially win the Division Championship.
The Panthers turned a 13-point halftime lead into a blowout in the final two quarters.
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“We knew it was a tough division, and we just preached all season to win whatever you get,” Amory Brooks coach Dampeer said. “Show it and don’t talk about it. I think about last spring and how far we’ve come since.”
Both teams struggled offensively early on, with Amory scoring over a Jatarian Ware quarterback in the opening goal but missing their extra point.
Nettleton took a brief 7-6 lead halfway through the second after Zavian Dilworth intercepted an interception and Roderick Patterson scored on a two-yard rush. Jackson Cheek scored the extra point for the header, but it was short-lived as the Panthers scored just a minute later when Charleston French broke free for a 34-yard touchdown to go up 13-7.
Ware added another touchdown late in the second, and the Panthers found a key point when Nettleton missed the kickoff of the third quarter.
French and Ware each regained the end zone to help Amory start to pull away, and they froze the win in the final four minutes.
French added his third score of the night, while Isaiah Brownlee also found the end zone on a 14-yard run after Ty Walton found Dilworth on a 32-yard strike for Nettleton’s only other score.
“Our line has blocked well all year and we just ran tonight,” said French, who passed 1,000 yards for the second time in three seasons.
The division title gives Amory a first-round home playoff game against Mantachie next Friday night.
Turning point: After Nettleton took a brief lead, Amory finished the first half with two touchdowns to take control of the game.
Point Man: French racked up 200 yards even on 23 carries and had three touchdowns.
Talking Point: “We struggled with a few offensive linemen and couldn’t get consistency. We let some things slip away towards the end of the second quarter. – Nettleton coach John Keith
—This is Amory’s eighth consecutive victory over Nettleton and his second consecutive divisional title.
– Eighth-grade student Braylen Williams also had an interception for Nettleton.
—Both teams continue their seasons with the first round of the playoffs with Amory welcoming Mantachie and Nettleton to Kossuth.