By ROCKY HIGGINBOTHAM

Kemper County Messenger



Even Nanih Waiya head football coach Ryan Keeton didn’t realize just how good things went for his squad in a 67-0 win at Sebastopol last Friday night until reviewing the stats.

Consider this:

— Warrior stalwarts Chris Smith and Taemaus Glass combined for just 13 total touches in a game they led 54-0 at halftime;

— Ten different players carried the football at least once in the win; and

— A total of 23 Nanih Waiya players recorded at least one tackle.

“It’s definitely nice when you get to play that many people and put up 67 points,” Keeton said after his squad throttled Sebastopol and won its 27th straight division game.

Nanih Waiya is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league play. Sebastopol fell to 3-2 and 1-1.

It was not the challenge Nanih Waiya expected from the host Bobcats, a team with playoff aspirations which managed a grand total of 44 yards on 42 plays from scrimmage.

Nanih Waiya, meanwhile, managed 392 yards on just 36 plays – nearly 11 yards per touch. And, the Warriors put points on the board via the run, the pass, a punt return and a pick six.

It was over from the get-go as the Warriors scored three times in the first period. But a 34-point second quarter lit up the scoreboard and sent the Warriors into halftime with a 54-point lead.

Smith got the scoring started with a 65-yard touchdown run in the opening period, and Shia Moore followed with a 20-yard touchdown run.

Glass got in on the action with a 64-yard touchdown run later in the period, and Roper Ball connected on two of the three point-after touchdown kicks for a 20-0 edge.

Glass scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter; and after the Nanih Waiya defense held the Bobcats, Charner Estes returned a punt 38 yards for another score.

Bryce Stanton’s 40-yard interception return and Ball’s kick made it 40-0; Glass scored on a 5-yard run to help make it 47-0; and Ball hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Stanton to make it 54-0.

Franklin Jenkins got in on the action with a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter; and in the fourth, Austin Sanders got loose on a 36-yard touchdown run.

Smith finished with a team-high 97 yards rushing on just four carries, while Glass ran it eight times for 88 yards.

Eight different Warriors recorded at least 10 yards rushing, with Sanders (43 on two carries), Jenkins (41 on three carries) and Moore (39 on two carries) all posting impressive numbers.

Stanton threw only three passes, completing two for 39 yards and the score.

Moore led the defensive charge with nine total tackles, while Sanders and Dalton Luke recorded seven tackles apiece. Luke had two tackles for a loss.

Stanton had two interceptions and Deon Hickman had another, with Stanton and Kyle Holdiness recording tackles for a loss.

Nanih Waiya is back at home this week to host French Camp Academy in another division game.

The Panthers are 2-2 overall after an open date last week and 1-0 in division play after a 35-25 win at Vardaman in Week 4.

Nanih Waiya has won three straight in the long-time series since FCA won the Class 1A state title back in 2013, including a 55-7 victory last season.