September 11, 2015

Admirals Sail Past Picayune 35-14

by Carey Meitzler

Gulfport--Gulfport used big plays on offense and a stingy defense in defeating Picayune 35-14 at

Joseph Milner Stadium in non-region action.

After Picayune was three and out on the first possession of the game, Gulfport scored on their fourth

snap on a 41 yard run by Lorazzo Shugart with 8:19 left in the first quarter.  Cain Suddith's point after

made it 7-0.

Picayune and Gulfport exchanged punts on their next possessions.   After the Gulfport punt, Picayune

started at their 44 yard line and took 8 plays to score with Josh 'Little Train' Littles sliced in from

8 yards out with 11:27 left in the second quarter.  Jackson Samples converted the point after to tie

the game at 7-7.

The Admirals wasted little time it retaking the lead as Dion Cole raced 76 yards for a touchdown on

the third play after the Maroon Tide kickoff.  Suddith on

ce again made this point after to give Gulfport

a 14-7 lead with 10:21 left in the half.

Picayune took the ensuing kickoff and moved the ball to the Gulfport 20, but a fumble would give the

ball back to Gulfport.  The Admirals struck quickly again as Shugart ran 50 yards on the fourth play

of the possession for a touchdown with 5:34 left.  Suddith's PAT made it 21-7.

Picayune took the ensuing kickoff and marched down the field from its 20 to the Gulfport 14, but a

missed field goal ended the drive with :16 left in the half.

Gulfport scored on their next possession on a fourth down pass at the Picayune 32 yard line from

Rhodes Walker to Sean Daniels with 7:30 left in the third quarter.  Suddith was once again true

on his extra point for a 28-7 lead.

Picayune responded on their next possession going 80 yards in 11 plays with V.J. Holt scooting

in from 7 yards out. Samples point after made it 28-14 with 3:08 left in the third quarter.

Picayune's defense stopped the Admirals on their next possession forcing a punt and Picayune

took over at the Maroon Tide 20.  Picayune moved the ball down to the Gulfport 18, but Gulfport

stopped Picayune on a fourth down run to take over on downs.

Three plays, Gulfport ended the scoring on a 84 yard pass on a third down and ten to go play with

Walker connecting with Alton Conerly for the touchdown.  Suddith's extra point made it 35-14.

Littles paced Picayune's offense with 147 yards on 28 carries.  Blake Merrifield ran 9 times for

29 yards and Hold had 72 yards on 6 rushes.  Merrifield also caught 2 passes from Skylar Bowman

for 39 yards.   Bowman completed 4 of 8 passes for 62 yards.

Picayune (0-3) will be at home on Friday hosting Harrison Central at Riser Medical Associates Field

at Tide Stadium for a 7:00pm kickoff.