Picayune pushes past Moss Point 14-3

by Carey Meitzler

With the threat of rain pushing ever closer and closer to Moss Point's Dantzler Stadium, Picayune did some pushing of their own with

a second half surge that propelled them to a 14-3 victory over the home standing Tigers in the lid lifter for both teams.

Picayune's Albert Richard, a 5-9, 150 pound junior, took the opening kickoff at his 3 yard line and raced all the way to the Moss

Point five yard line. But, the Tide was unable to capitalize on Richard's return when Irving Gonzalez's 20 yard field goal attempt

sailed wide right on 4th down.

After forcing Moss Point to punt the ball on the Tigers first possession,  Picayune punted the ball right back to the Tigers, but the

Tiger return man fumbled the punt and Thor Newbold  pounced on the loose football setting the Tide up at the Moss Point 28 yard

line.  On the third play of the drive, Picayune fumbled the ball and Tigers recovered at their on 15 yard line.

Neither team was able to sustain any surmountable offensive drives as the game moved into late in the second quarter.  With 1:42

to play in the half, Picayune's Chance Griffith intercepted a pass by Moss Point's Kevin Barkley near midfield.  Picayune threw an

interception three plays later and the Tigers set up shop at their own 44 yard line.

After a Barkley completion of 15 yards to Meco Brown, the Tigers appeared to be on the move, but Griffith snatched his second

interception at the Picayune 40 with :33 left in the first half, which would end with a score of 0 to 0.

To start the second half, the Tide defense forced the Tigers to punt the ball.  Starting from their own 42 yard line, Picayune put

together a 13 play 58 yard drive that was capped off on a 6 yard touchdown run by senior fullback Dale Meitzler.  Picayune

converted two 4th down plays to keep possession of the ball.  On both occasions, Picayune followed the blocking of senior tackle

James Brady to get the crucial first downs.  With a first down at the Moss Point 21, senior quarterback Micah Hickman kept the ball

on an option play to the right side and scampered down to the six yard line setting up Meitzler's score.  Gonzalez's extra point made

it 7-0 with 3:21 to play in the 3rd quarter.

Photos courtesy of John Young

Albert Richard goes airborne with help from Moss Point's Josh Williams (38)

Drew Cole (2) takes a handoff from Micah Hickman (14) as Tommy Dillard (59) opens up a hole in the Moss Point line.

Moss Point came back on their next possession and got a 27 yard field goal from John Taylor to trim the margin to 7-3 with

11:04 left in the game.

Picayune's next possession ended with a punt, but the Tigers were unable to move the football and turned the ball over on downs at the

Tide 49 yard line.

At that point, the Picayune offensive line started to push around the Tigers as the Tide marched the 51 yards behind the running of Richard

and Meitzler.  Richard scored from 8 yards out on a nifty spin move with 1:58 left in the game.  Gonzalez was once again successful

with the PAT giving Picayune a 14-3 lead.

On first down after the kickoff, Barkley connected with Meco Brown for a 34 yard gain and followed a few plays later with

an 18 yard completion to Jonathan Berryman putting them at the Picayune 29 yard line.  But junior defensive end Jake Martinez sacked

Barkley for a five yard loss, his third tackle for loss on the evening.  A fourth down pass fell incomplete and Picayune ran out the clock

to secure the win.

Photo courtesy of John Young

Micah Hickman (14) runs past Moss Point's Skylar Burts (6) 

Richard led the Tide rushing attack with 101 yards on 17 carries.  Dale Meitzler had 11 carries for 51 yards. Drew Cole rushed 7 times for

15 yards. Hickman had 31 yards on 7 rushes.  Picayune finished with 193 yards on 41 attempts.

Picayune's defense held the Tigers to 55 yards rushing on 19 attempts. Barkley completed 8 of 29 passes for 132 yards.

Picayune (1-0) will host Harrison Central next week while Moss Point (0-1) will travel to take on nationally ranked South Panola in