By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
With four consecutives wins under their belts and a big Region 3-1A showdown with Pelahatchie on the horizon in two weeks, Noxapater head football coach Justin Hunter welcomes this week’s open date.
“I think it’s coming at a good time for us,” Hunter said. “It will help us out a little bit and help us get ready for Pelahatchie.”
After losing to Eupora and East Webster the first two weeks of the season, the Tigers have ripped off four consecutive wins, including last week’s 43-0 Homecoming victory over East Oktibbeha. The Tigers are now 4-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. Noxapater have outscored opponents a combined 149-14 over the last four weeks.
“We played pretty well, but we didn’t play great,” Hunter said of his team’s win over the Titans. “It was 36-0 at the half and we got some young guys some work. It was good that we went ahead and took care of business early and got the win.”
Quarterback Tyrell Carter had a big game for the Tigers, accounting for five of Noxapater’s seven touchdowns. He hit on 4-of-8 passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 34 yards and two additional touchdowns on five carries.
The first quarter saw Carter score on short runs of 4 and 1 yards, Keontae Daniels catch a 44-yard scoring pass from Carter and the team record a safety.
In the second quarter the Tigers scored on passes of 26 yards from Carter to Justin Robertson and 30 yards from Carter to Daniels.
Daniels closed out the Noxapater scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Kugle was good on five-of-six extra point kicks on the night.
Robertson rushed for 49 yards on four carries for Noxapater, while catching two passes for 40 yards, while Daniels had two catches for 74 yards and a pair of scores and carried the ball twice for 34 yards and a touchdown. Vonte Woods rushed for 42 yards on five carries.
Defensively Nick Strehle was in on nine tackles, while Trevara Miller and David Parker took part in eight each. Robertson and Marshall Kugle contributed to six stops apiece. Robertson had an interception, while Kugle blocked a punt, and Parker and Strehle each came up with a sack.
After the Friday night off, the Tigers will resume Region 3-1A play by paying a visit to No. 5-ranked Pelahatchie on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
“They have a good team and it will be a challenge,” Hunter said. “We better be ready to play.”