October 14, 2011
Moss Points downs Maroon Tide 35-29
by Carey Meitzler
Moss Point--Trailing Picayune 22-6 with under two minutes left in the second quarter, Moss Point erupted for 16 points in one
minute and forty-six seconds to tie the game 22-22 at the half and then scored on their first two possessions of the second half
in defeating Picayune 35-29 at Dantzler Stadium.
Picayune put points on the scoreboard on the opening possession of the game when they drove 65 yards in 12 plays with Ben
Hickman sneaking in from one yard out. Dalton O'Meara's point after made it 7-0 with 5:35 left in the first quarter.
Moss Point quarterback Joe Kirkland fumbled the snap on their first play after the Maroon Tide kickoff. James Tatum jumped
on the ball at the Tigers 32. It took Picayune 8 plays to cover the 32 yards with Hickman scoring for 1 yard out. Picayune
converted a two-point conversion after Moss Point was penalized half the distance to the goal as Picayune lined up for the point
after. Preston Dedeaux got the conversion and Picayune led 15-0 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers responded on their next possession going 69 yards in 13 plays with Kirkland passing to Thanyous Wells on a 17 yard
touchdown with 9:13 left in the second quarter. Moss Point attempted a two-point conversion from the swinging gate formation,
but the pass was incomplete.
After Picayune fumbled on their next possession, the Maroon Tide got the ball back when Cody Smith intercepted Kirkland's
pass at the Picayune 45 and raced down the left sideline before being tackled at the Tiger 11. A personal foul at the end of the
run put the ball at the 4 yard line. On the next play, Dereonte Magee scored and O'Meara kicked the extra point for a 22-6
lead with 5:35 left in the second quarter.
Moss Point answered going 81 yards on 8 plays with Kirkland passing to Thomas Nettles for a 17 yard touchdown with 1:46 left.
The extra point kick was wide right leaving the score at 22-12.
Picayune was unable to move the ball after the kickoff and was forced into a punting situation. The long snap was bobbled and
Moss Point took over at the Picayune 13 with :48 left. Moss Point settled for a field goal of 22 yards from Kevin Bass with :12
left making it 22-15.
Moss Point squibbed the ensuing kickoff and Picayune muffed the ball at the Tide 27 yard line where the Tigers took over with 05:
left. Kirkland scrambled and bought enough time to allow Anthony Mitchell to work free in the end zone and Kirkland connected
with him on the pass for the touchdown. Bass kicked the extra point to tie the game at 22-22.
Moss Point scored on the first possession of the second half driving 65 yards on 13 plays with Deonte Wroten scoring on a 4 yard
run with 6:36 left in the third quarter. Bass kicked the extra point for a 29-22 lead.
Picayune was unable to move the ball and punted it back to the Tigers with Moss Point taking over at their 43. The Tigers scored
on a 10 play 67 yard drive that resulted in a 1 yard run by Jackson Gabriel giving Moss Point a 35-22 lead. The point after was
Picayune came back with points after the ensuing kickoff. Starting at their own 20, the Maroon Tide move the ball to the 45 on
three running plays and two penalties against Moss Point. On first down, Hickman passed to Daveon Greene for a 55 yard
touchdown with 9:39 left in the game. O'Meara's extra point made it 35-29.
After the teams exchanged a series of punts (two for Moss Point and one for Picayune), the Maroon Tide got the ball back at
their own 24 with 3:56 left in the game. Picayune moved the ball to the Moss Point 47, but an incomplete pass on fourth down
gave the ball back to Moss Point with 2:04 left in the game.
Picayune held and got the ball at the Tide 44 with :56 left. Picayune converted two first downs to put the ball at the Tiger 30.
However, Picayune was operating with no timeouts and their last ditch effort failed when Hickman was sacked as time expired.
Magee had 85 yards on 16 rushes to lead the Maroon Tide.
Kirkland 18 of 25 passes for 227 yards for Moss Point.
Next week, Picayune (6-2, 3-1) will be at home taking on East Central. Moss Point (4-4, 3-1) will be at Pearl River Central.