By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger

Unbeaten Nanih Waiya’s visit to winless Ethel last Friday night was a recipe for a lop-sided game, and the Warriors streaked their way to an easy 63-0 victory.

It was the 32nd straight in-district win for the Warriors, who improved to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in Region 3-1A play this season. The Tigers remained without a win at 0-9 and 0-7.

Things will likely be far more competitive for Nanih Waiya this week, as the Warriors step out of division play with a trip to Smithville.

The tradition-rich Seminoles are 8-2 overall and 6-1 in Region 1-1A play this season. Their only two losses are to Class 2A East Webster and to Okolona, which is unbeaten in district play.

Nanih Waiya and Smithville have met the past two seasons on the gridiron, with the Seminoles winning 15-10 back in 2015 before the Warriors rolled to a 54-3 win last year.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Last week against Ethel, six different players scored touchdowns for Nanih Waiya – which rolled to a commanding 42-0 lead before the first quarter was ever over.

In fact, five of those six players scored in the opening quarter for Nanih Waiya, which outgained Ethel 404-12 in total yardage.

Those 404 yards came on just 24 offensive plays.

Taemaus Glass got the scoring started with a 65-yard touchdown run, then Shia Moore broke loose on a 42-yard touchdown run. Bryce Stanton added a two-point conversion run, and Nanih Waiya led 15-0.

Stanton then found Charner Estes on a 69-yard touchdown catch-and-run, and the next score came on a 30-yard punt return from Chris Smith that made it a 28-0 game.

Smith scored again on a 25-yard run later in the first quarter, and Tylan Glass scored on a 30-yard run which pushed the lead to 42-0.

It was also a 42-0 game at halftime, and the bulge grew to 48-0 when Taylor Higginbotham returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Tylan Glass scored on an 11-yard run, Deon Hickman added a two-point conversion run, and Higginbotham scored on a 42-yard run.

Eight players ran the football for Nanih Waiya, with Taemaus Glass’ 65 yards on just one carry leading the way. Franklin Jenkins added 59 yards on three carries and Tylan Glass had 54 yards on five carries.

Tylan Glass also recorded a couple of tackles, one for a loss, and had a fumble recovery to help lead the Warrior defense.

Dalton Luke also had two stops; Higginbotham had the fumble recovery; and Hickman had a tackle for a loss.