By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The first of the season seems to always be the roughest for the Nanih Waiya Warriors football team. For the past few seasons, the team has had rocky starts with stretches of losses, only to follow those up with strings of wins and thoughts of a championship come into the equation.
This season continues that trend as the Warriors were defeated by the Pelahatchie Chiefs 41-14 this past Friday in division play.
The game would begin slow for the Warriors, as the Chiefs would get on the scoreboard first with a huge touchdown run and the PAT for the 7-0 lead. The second quarter would see the Chiefs accumulate 28 unanswered points before the Warriors scored in the quarter on a 54-yard pass from Luke Rosamond to Hunter Luke. The PAT by the Warriors would make the score 28-7.
Pelahatchie would score one more touchdown before the end of the quarter to make the score 35-7 going into halftime.
The Warriors would score their last touchdown in the fourth quarter as running back Jamarlo Smith broke a 30-yard run to make the final score 41-14. For the Warriors offense, Deandre Holmes had 16 carries for 103 yards. Smith had 20 carries for 119 yards to go with his one touchdown. Rosamond was 4 of 9 in pas completions for 79 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Marcellous Grady led the team with 12 total tackles, with one for a loss, followed by Ty Higginbotham with 9.
The Warriors will look for their first divisional win of the season when they host West Oktibbeha this upcoming Friday. Kickoff time will be at 7:30 p.m.