November 18, 2011

Picayune holds off Pascagoula 20-14

by Carey Meitzler

Pascagoula--Picayune built a 20-0 lead midway through the third quarter, but had to stop Pascagoula twice on

fourth down in the last two minutes to claim a 20-14 win on Dutch Binion Field at War Memorial Stadium.

The Maroon Tide controlled the first 15 mins of the game allowing 'Goula only four offensive plays as the Maroon

Tide dominated the line of scrimmage. 

Nolan Fletcher returned the opening kick off to the 50 yard line giving Picayune excellent field position for their

first snap of the game.  Picayune marched the yardage in 11 plays with junior fullback Desmond Taylor busting

up the middle for a 15 yard touchdown behind solid blocking from center Jacob Feeley and guards Cooper

Esslinger and Joey Reynolds  Dalton O'Meara's point after made it 7-0 with 5:18 left in the first quarter.

After the Tide defense held the Panthers and forced a punt, Picayune started at their own 25 yard line.  The

Maroon Tide methodically moved the ball down the field running 13 plays with the touchdown coming on

wingback Daveon Greene's 5 yard run on a reverse with 8:36 left in the second quarter.  O'Meara' extra

point made it 14-0.

Pascagoula turned the ball over on downs on their next possession as Picayune stopped tailback Ramon Patton

on fourth and two at the Tide 45 with 5:54 left in the second quarter.

Picayune was unable to move the ball and punted it back to 'Goula at the Panther 20.  'Goula completed two

passes moving the ball to the 50 and a run by quarterback Will Thomes put the ball on the Tide 44.  On the next

play, junior safety Nick Marble stripped the ball loose and senior defensive tackle Chad Mitchell pounced on the

ball at the Tide 45 with 2:38 left.

On first down, junior quarterback Ben Hickman connected with senior wide receiver Marvin Van Buren on

a 22 yard completion to 'Goula 33.  Sophomore Preston Dedeaux slashed his way through the Panthers for a

15 yard run to the 17.  Picayune moved the ball to the 3 yard line before settling for a 30 yard field goal by

O'Meara with :01 left giving the Maroon Tide 17-0 halftime lead.

Picayune's defense held 'Goula on the first possession of the third quarter forcing a Panther punt.

The Maroon Tide started at their 28.  Desmond Taylor ran for 4 and 9 yards to move the ball to Tide 40.  On

the next play, senior tailback Dereonte Magee took a pitch from Hickman and raced 53 yards to the 'Goula 7.

Picayune would eventually settle for a 23 yard field by O'Meara with 6:50 left in the third.

Pascagoula got on the scoreboard on their next possession driving 70 yards in 9 plays with P.J. Thomas

scoring on 1 yard run with 3:46 left in the quarter.  Grant Warren's extra point made it 20-7.

The Maroon Tide started at their 20 after the ensuing kick off.  Picayune was forced to punt after three plays,

however, the Panthers ran into Hickman as he punted the ball and the penalty kept the drive going.  Picayune

would move the ball to the 'Goula 15 and attempted a field goal.  'Goula blocked the kick and Austin Connelly

scooped up the ball and raced 75 yards for a touchdown.  Warren converted the point after to make it 20-14

with 6:43 left in the game.

Picayune was unable to move the ball after receiving the Panther kick off and punted it back to Pascagoula.

Goula took over at their 45 and converted a fourth and seven yards to go with an 18 yard pass from Thomes

to Breland Hoye putting the ball at the Tide 33 with 3:54 left.  However, the Maroon Tide defense got the ball

back as 'Goula was stopped at the Tide 26 after an incomplete pass on 4th down.

Picayune took over with 2:33 and 'Goula used two timeouts to stop the clock and forced Picayune into a

punting situation with 1:36 left.  Hickman punted the ball and 'Goula would start at their own 40 with 1:25 left.

After an incomplete pass on first down, Picayune's Semaj Branch tackled the 'Goula receiver for no gain on

a screen play.  After a third down pass fell incomplete, 'Goula faced fourth and 10 with :40 left.   Thomes

completed a screen pass Weathersby and he was tackled by Ken Breland and Nolan Fletcher just short of

the 50 yard line.  The referee asked for the chains to be brought onto the field and when they were stretched

out the ball was inches short and Picayune took over.  Hickman took a snap and kneeled to run out the clock.

Magee finished with 129 yards on 26 carries while Taylor had 53 yards on 12 rushes.  Dedeaux had 33 yards

on 6 carries.  Hickman completed 4 of 7 passes for 66 yards.

Picayune (11-2) will host Pearl River Central for the South State Championship on Friday.   Pearl River Central

advanced with a 34-7 win over Long Beach in the other quarterfinal game.