September 23, 2011
Maroon Tide subdues Pearl River Central 41-14
by Carey Meitzler
Picayune--After a shaky first half, Picayune pulled away with two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to cruise to a 41-14
win over Pearl River Central in the region opener for both teams in front of a standing room only crowd of approximately 5,000.
Picayune drove to the PRC one yard line on the opening possession of the game, but fumbled the ball and the Blue Devils
recovered. PRC moved the ball out of the shadow of the end zone with a grabbing the face mask penalty against the Maroon
Tide and a rushing first down. On first down at the 33, Ken Breland intercepted a Blake Spiers pass at the PRC 48 and weaved
his way through the Blue Devils for a touchdown. The point after was no good due to a high snap and Picayune led 6-0 with
5:42 left in the first quarter.
All photos by John Young
Ben Hickman releases a pass under pressure that was caught by Preston Dedeaux (below).
Preston Dedeaux (33) turned this catch into a 37 yard touchdown.
After the ensuing kickoff, PRC moved the ball from their own 20 to the Picayune16, but two consecutive illegal procedure
penalties forced the Blue Devils to attempt a 47 yard field goal that was no good.
Picayune took over at the 20 and marched quickly down the field and scored on a 40 yard run by Daveon Greene. The
drive covered the 80 yards in 4 plays using just 1:47 off the clock. Ben Hickman ran the ball for the two point conversion
for a 14-0 lead with 7:17 left in the second quarter.
PRC got on the scoreboard with 3:50 left on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Dylan Spiers to Brandon Comeaux. Devon
Netto kicked the extra point to make it 14-7.
The Maroon Tide answered when Hickman found Preston Dedeaux down the Tide sideline for a 37 yard catch and run for
a touchdown with 1:07 left. Dalton O'Meara's extra point made it 21-7.
On the second play of the third quarter, Breland intercepted another Spiers pass and returned it down the sideline in front
of the Picayune bench for a 52 yard touchdown. O'Meara kicked the point after for a 28-7 lead with 11:02 left in the third
All photos by John Young
Ken Breland (9), center of picture, takes off on his second interception for a touchdown.
After PRC was unable to convert a first down, Picayune got the ball back at their own 43 and marched 57 yards in 7 plays
with the touchdown coming on a 22 yard pass from Hickman to Justin Mark. The PAT was blocked leaving the score
at 34-7 with 6:08 left in the third quarter.
Ben Hickman (16) releases a 22 yard touchdown pass on its way to Justin Mark.
PRC would get their final points on a 65 yard fumbled return by Brandon Padgett with 9:29 left in the game.
Picayune's final touchdown came on a 1 yard plunge by Desmond Taylor with 3:14 left. Picayune marched 80 yards
on 14 plays taking 6 minutes and 15 seconds off the clock. O'Meara's point after made the final 41-14.
Preston Dedeaux high steps his way down the field.
Dereonte Magee rushed for 137 yards on 22 carries. Dedeaux had 10 rushes for 71 yards.
Trey Winn led PRC with 78 yards on 19 carries.
Picayune (4-1, 1-0) travels to Gautier next Friday for a 7:30pm kickoff.
Pearl River Central (3-2, 0-1) will be home taking on East Central.