It was a nice change of pace to watch some football. In the mud, no less, between two of the area’s best teams. Tupelo beat Itawamba AHS 24-20.
The starters stayed in for both teams for four quarters. Tupelo led 16-0 at halftime, but IAHS got going offensively in the second half. Deshaun McGaughy had a 49-yard touchdown run, and Asian Ruff ripped off a 95-yard kickoff return for TD.
Tupelo QB Chris Garrett was on target, especially the first half. He hit Justin Bean for a 61-yard scoring pass down the right sideline, and then he lobbed a perfect 24-yarder to Chad Bumphis. Two IAHS defenders were converging, but the ball found Bumphis just inside the left front pylon.
Garrett finished 13-for-21 for 210 yards, two TDs, two picks. Bumphis had 36 receiving yards and 58 rushing yards. For IAHS, McGaughy rushed for 120 yards. Here’s the scoring summary:
Tup–Justin Bean 61 pass from Chris Garrett (Chris Donald run), 3:04
Tup–Chad Bumphis 24 pass from Garrett (Garrett run), 2:03
Ita–Deshaun McGaughy 6 run (Maikhail Miller run), 8:24
Tup–Parker Ball 26 run (Garrett run), 5:21
Ita–Asian Ruff 95 kickoff return (pass failed), 5:06
Ita–McGaughy 49 run (kick blocked), 2:05