Prep Roundup: Ocean Springs Wins Region Title; Gautier set to duel for the championship with Picayune

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi – The Ocean Springs Greyhounds took their second consecutive Region 4-6A title, dominating Gulfport 58-33 last Friday night at Greyhound Stadium.

Ocean Springs scored 21 catching points in the first quarter and an early lead and never looked back, adding another 17 points in the second quarter and despite 21 points scored by the Admirals in the second quarter, he had a two touchdown advantage at halftime.

Greyhound quarterback Bray Hubbard failed to pick up the pass stats, making 9-14 passes out of 112 yards, without touchdowns or interceptions, but more than compensated for that with a 199 yd run and four touchdowns in the season of 29 passing.

Will Gray added five passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while Ayden Watson also had a quick score. JP Coulter also added to the scoring, giving back an 87-yard kickoff for the TD.

Trace Carter led the defense with nine tackles and one attack to lose. Keshawn Thomas had the intercept and Lamar Vaxter quit the game. Bart Edmiston was 7-8 on a point on kicks and added a 19-yard field goal.

Gulfport quarterback Jacob Palazzo completed 12 of 24 passes for 206 yards, three touchdowns and an intercept. Gavin Brown and Emmanuel Bentley had a quick TD and Brown also caught a touchdown pass. Cameron Joseph led all the receivers with four grips at 116 yards and a touchdown, and Cooper Crosby also grabbed a TD pass.

Yaviel Lopez led the Admiral’s defense with 10 tackles, a defeat slide and a bagging. The Duke of Cottonham was about to intercept.

Ocean Springs (9-0, 6-0) took first place in the region, regardless of the result of Thursday’s match against Harrison Central (3-6, 2-4). Meanwhile, Gulfport (8-2, 5-1) will host Biloxi (7-2, 5-1) in a fight for second place and a home game in the playoffs first round. The loser will take third place.

Should Hancock win against Pascagoula, the Hawks will secure their fourth and final playoff spot. If they lose, they will need help from D’Iberville and Harrison Central in every game back for fourth place.

East Central 28, George County 20

HURLEY, Mississippi – East Central quarterback Andrew Marble launched 131 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hornets to a 28:20 win over George County last Friday.

Gray Bradley carried 20 times 119 yards while Josh Weaver had a quick touchdown at East Central.

TJ Dunsford continued an illustrious senior season in defense of East Central, with a total of 10 incursions, with two for-loss, with a fumble and a fumble recovery. Brason Owenby, Michael Hudson, Jake Watts and Nate Trochessett had one bag each.

George County quarterback Deuce Knight completed 11 of 24 passes for 163 yards and pounced on 39 yards and two touchdowns. Brenn Moody ran for a different Rebel score. Blaine Greene led the George County defense with 15 tackles.

Four Region 4-5A playoff teams are lined up, with Picayune, Gautier, East Central and Vancleave qualifying. The question of spreading remains to be decided. While Picayune and Gautier will fight for first place on Friday night, East Central will travel to Vancleave for a game that will determine third and fourth places. Both teams have a total of 7-2 and 4-2 in the region.

Vancleave 42, West Harrison 18

VANCLEAVE, Mississippi – John Peterson ran 201 yards and four touchdowns to re-lead the Vancleave Bulldogs who shot down West Harrison 42-18 last Friday to secure a spot in the 5A Playoffs.

Peterson now needs 116 yards against East Central on Thursday night to reach 2,000 yards over the course of the season. However, it won’t necessarily be easy, as Hornets only allowed one 100-yard rusher for an entire season.

Hunter Harper also pounced on TD in their win over West Harrison. Quarterback Hunter Parker only tossed the ball five times, but finished three, including a touchdown to Asher Henley who had two holds at 68 yards.

Ethan Davis led the defense with 12 tackles and made a mistake. Henley had an interception and Robert Tinson recovered two fumbles. Gavin Waltman did a perfect 6-6 with the extra points.

As mentioned earlier, Vancleave will host East Central on Thursday in the match for third place in the region. West Harrison (5-4, 2-4) will host Pearl River Central.

Catholic Resurrection 48, Project 6

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi – Catholic quarterback Resurrection Max Askew only scored seven passes against the Enterprise last Friday, but four of them were touchdowns as the Eagles beat Enterprise 48-6 to stay alive in the Region 4-1A playoff race.

Winning against Taylorsville (6-4, 5-1) on Thursday will make Resurrection (6-3, 3-3) in the playoffs number four, while losing will see them seek help from Richton and Mount Olive only one match on the table.

Daniel Pickens, Luke Schnoor, Ryan Roth and Walker Frederic caught the touchdown pass while Pickens and Nick Watts lunged for the score.

In defense, Schnoor gave the intercept 39 yards for a touchdown, and teammate Michael Ryan also had the intercept. Patrick Keene was 6-6 points on the shootout.

Enterprise (1-8, 1-5) was limited to 153 yards of total infraction. The 40-yard pass from Daylan Barden to Landon McNickels was only the result of the yellow jackets. Enterprise will end the season against Mount Olive (4-5, 2-4).

Pascagoula 50, St. Martin 14

St. MARTIN, Mississippi – quarterback Pascagoula Silas Corder completed 12-17 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns leading the Panthers to the 50-14 St. Martin last Friday night.

Corder’s three touchdown passes went to Keilon Parnell, who ended up with 85 receiving yards on five grips. Isaiah Benn led a hasty attack with eight noses for 65 yards and a tank destroyer. Brian Barnes Jr. also had a touchdown.

In defense, Jacordan Davis fired the intercept from 55 yards for a touchdown, while Kalib Ely had a sack and Gerald Terrell had two fumble recoveries.

Logan Jeffreys of St. Martin completed six of eight passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns, both boing to Noreel White.

Pascagoula (3-6, 1-5) will close its season with a Friday night trip to Hancock, and St. Martin (3-7, 0-6) will go to D’Iberville (3-7, 2-4) Thursday night for a traditional end-of-season game.

Gautier 35, Pearl River Central 0

GAUTIER, Mississippi – Gautier Gators cut themselves off visiting Pearl River Central 35-0 last Friday night to host a de facto Region 4-5A championship match against the undefeated Picayune on Friday night.

Details for this game were not available at the time of the press.

The win raised Gators’ record to an overall result of 8-1 and 6-0 in the region. Meanwhile, Picayune sent Long Beach 49-13 to go to 10-0 and 6-0 respectively.

Friday’s game has all the features of a classic fifth and fifteenth-place match between the state’s fifteenth and fifteenth-place teams, Picayune with the traditional dominant running game and Gators with the high passing flight behind playmaker Kaden Irving.

Maroon Tide has the best coastal defense, allowing a paltry 7.2 points per game, while offensive scores with a 39.1 clip. Gautier’s defense is not pushed, allowing only 15.7 points per game, with the offensive a whopping 43.7 points per game.

As already mentioned, the winner will secure the region title and the loser will take second place. Both teams are already confident at home in the first round of the 5A state play-offs as they both have two games ahead of third place in the table.

Ed. Note: Moss Point was open this week. The Tigers will host Forrest County AHS on Friday night in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.

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