By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya Warriors traveled to Columbus last Friday night and grabbed a 28-14 Class 1A, Region 3, District 4 victory over the West Lowndes Panthers.
After a rocky start to the season, the Warriors have revitalized their year with a five game winning streak.
Nanih Waiya’s turn around season may be enough to give the Warriors a chance at playoff action. Nanih Waiya holds the fourth spot in district standings.
Last Friday the Warrior gained an early lead with two back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter.
Nanih Waiya defense held strong in the first half of the game keeping the Panther offense silent.
The Warriors had a 14-0 advantage over West Lowndes at halftime.
The Panthers finally jumped on the board minutes into the third quarter with a touchdown and converted the extra points cutting away at the Nanih Waiya lead, 14-8.
The Warriors struck again later in the third quarter with a touchdown and increased their lead, 20-8.
In the fourth quarter, West Lowndes tried to rally scoring again.
But Nanih Waiya jumped back on the board securing their lead with a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore Jamarlo Smith led the rushing attack with 22 carries for 157 yards with two touchdowns. Freshman Ken McQueen followed with 11 carries for 61 yards with one touchdown. Senior Deandre Holmes had seven carries for 31 yards with one touchdown.
Senior quarterback Luke Rosamond went 2-5 through the air for 18 yards and passed a two-point conversion.
Senior Zach Hanna had one reception for three yards for a two-point conversion while freshman Isaiah Eiland had one reception for 15 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Marcellous Grady had nine stops. Aaron Ellinburg had seven stops while senior Ty Higginbotham had five stops during the game. Colby Higginbotham had five stops with two for a loss of yards and one sack. Smith had two sacks during the game while senior Hunter Luke had two interceptions. Sophomore Peyton Jones had one interception.
The Warriors now hold 5-4 overall record and are 4-2 in district play.
This week Nanih Waiya will travel to Crawford to take on the East Oktibbeha Titans. A win this Friday night will ensure the Warriors with a playoff berth.
The Titans have a 2-7 overall record and are 1-5 in division games. East Oktibbeha was recently defeated by the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves, 34-6.
Kickoff will at 7:00 p.m.