September 16, 2011
Maroon Tide falls to Ocean Springs 17-15
by Carey Meitzler
Picayune--Missed opportunities doomed the Maroon Tide's bid to stay unbeaten and the result was a 17-15 loss to the Ocean
Springs Greyhounds before an estimated 4,500 at Tide Stadium.
Picayune scored first after forcing the Greyhounds to put the ball away on their first possession. Starting at their own 35, the
Maroon Tide marched the distance in 11 plays with Desmond Taylor plunging in from 4 yards out. The point after was wide
right and Picayune led 6-0 with 4:27 left in the first quarter.
Ocean Springs returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tide 25, but on second down Doug Cross deflected a Wes Windham pass
and Nick Marble snatched the ball for the interception. Picayune move the ball from their own 27 to the Greyhound 44 before
turning the ball over on downs.
All photos by John Young
Nolan Fletcher (6) returns a kickoff.
Desmond Taylor (15) scores the Tide's first touchdown
The Greyhounds drove 56 yards in 10 plays with Windham getting in from one yard out for the touchdown. Mickey Allizzo
kicked the point after to give Ocean Springs a 7-6 lead with 7:24 left in the second quarter.
Picayune's Nolan Fletcher returned the kickoff to the Greyhound 48. Picayune moved the ball to the 9 yard line, but had to
settle for a 26 yard field goal by Dalton O'Meara to make it 9-7 with 2:20 left.
Ocean Spring got the lead back driving 65 yards in 7 plays with the touchdown coming on a 10 yard pass from Windham
to Ishmel Morrow with :16 left. Alizzo drilled the extra point to make it 14-9.
On the first play of the second half, Ocean Springs intercepted a Maroon Tide pass at the Tide 20. Picayune's defense held and
Alizzo kicked a 44 yard field goal with 10:23 left in the third quarter.
Picayune missed a 32 yard field goal on their next possesssion. Ocean Springs took over at their 20 and moved the ball to the
Tide 30. On third down, Ken Breland intercepted a pass at the 12 yard line and returned it out to his own 35.
The Maroon Tide converted a pair of first downs and moved the ball to the Greyhound 33, but an interception ended the drive.
After holding the Greyhounds and forcing a punt, Picayune took over at their own 32 with 8:17 left in the game. Picayune drove
the 68 yards in 10 plays with Preston Dedeaux scoring on a 2 yard run with 4:41 left to pull the Tide to within two points.
Picayune's two point try failed.
Ocean Springs took over at their own 18 after the kickoff and converted three first downs to run out the clock.
Picayune was led by Dereonte Magee who ran for 155 yards on 21 carries. Dedeaux ran 11 times for 47 yards and Taylor
had 25 yards on 8 totes.
Windham rushed for a net of 31 yards and completed 11 of 17 passed for 119 yards. Kenneth Paxton ran the ball 14 times
for 67 yards for the Greyhounds (4-0).
Picayune (3-1) will open region play next week hosting Pearl River Central.
All photos by John Young
Justin Mark moves downfield with a pass from Ben Hickman
Ken Breland returns his interception.
Preston Dedeaux (33) picks up yardage after a good block from Austin Brewer (55).
Ben Hickman (16) looking for Tanner Bryan.
Tanner Bryan (87) after catching a pass from Ben Hickman