Maroon Tide cruises past PRC 42-21

by Carey Meitzler

The Maroon Tide wasted little time in asserting themselves against arch rival Pearl River Central as they scored two touchdowns

in the first 3:30 of the game on just five offensive plays and cruised to a 42-21 victory.  The win, before a standing room only

crowd of nearly 4,000 at Picayune Stadium, move the Tide's record to 5-0 overall and more importantly 2-0 in Division 8-4A

while the Blue Devils fell to 2-3 and 0-1.

On the first play from scrimmage, junior tailback Albert Richard raced 70 yards to the PRC 10.  Junior Drew Cole came in and

ran for five yards on consecutive plays, the later for a touchdown.  Irving Gonzalez booted the point after for a 7-0 lead with

10:47 on the clock.

All photos courtesy of John Young

Drew Cole (2) takes off as Jon Billups (79) and Justin Flowers (41) open up a hole.

The Tide's defense held  PRC and forced a punt with Picayune getting the ball back on their own 38 yard line. 

Richard lost one yard on first down, but broke loose on the next play and carved his way through the Blue Devil

defense for a 62 yard touchdown. Gonzalez drilled the PAT for a 14-0 lead.

Albert Richard (24) takes off on a 62 yard touchdown run in the opening minutes of the first quarter.

PRC got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a 94 yard run by Warren House.  The PAT was wide

right and Picayune lead 14-6 with 10:13 on the second quarter clock.

Picayune was penalized for holding on the return of the ensuing kickoff and started their possession at their own

9 yard line. But the Tide didn't seemed to be phased with the bad field position as they drove 91 yards on 12 plays

and milked six minutes and forty five seconds off the clock with Richard punching it in from 2 yards out for the

touchdown.  Gonzalez's PAT made it 21-6 with 3:20 left in the half.

PRC scored on their next possession when Ram Miller ran untouched for a 79 yard touchdown and added a 2

point conversion to pull PRC to within 21-14 with 2:27 left.

After the Blue Devil kickoff, Picayune took over at their own 37 yard line and drove the 63 yards in 7 plays with

the touchdown coming on a 6 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Micah Hickman to senior fullback

Dale Meitzler with :23 left.  Gonzalez's kicked the extra point for a 28-14 half time lead.

Dale Meitzler (40) turns upfield after hauling in a pass from Micah Hickman.

Picayune kicked off to start the second half and forced a turnover as junior Nick Porter knocked the ball

loose and senior Chance Griffith pounced on it at the PRC 23.  Four plays later, Richard scored his third

touchdown of the night with a 7 yard run and Gonzalez added the PAT for a 35-14 lead with 10:40 to

play in the third quarter.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Maroon Tide defense forced PRC to punt and Picayune took over at their

own 28 yard line.  The Tide drove 72 yards in 6 plays with Hickman passing to senior fullback Kelvis

Bowens for a 12 yard touchdown with 5:18 left.  Gonzalez booted the point after for a 42-14 lead.

Ram Miller added another touchdown on a 63 yard run and Adam Herrin kicked the PAT to make the

score 42-21 with 5:17 left.

Albert Richard cruises toward the endzone on his way to 251 yards

Richard ran for 251 yards on 19 rushes scoring 3 touchdowns and boosted his season total to 12. 

Drew Cole had 9 carries for 43 yards. Meitzler carried 5 times for 41 yards and caught three passes

for 46 yards.  Hickman passed for 73 yards completing 5 of 12 passes with the touchdowns to Meitzler

and Bowens, but should have faired better as Tide receivers dropped three passes from Hickman.

Picayune accumulated 516 yards of total offense with 443 yards rushing on 48 rushes.

Miller paced PRC with 226 yards on 19 carries and 2 TDs.  House had 8 rushes for 104 yards,

94 coming on his TD run.

Picayune will travel to Pass Christian next week while PRC will be at Long Beach.