September 22, 2017
Picayune holds off Wayne County 30-22
by Carey Meitzler
Waynesboro--After waiting through a one hour and twenty-two minute lightning delay during halftime,
Picayune overcame 14-13 halftime deficit to beat Wayne County 30-22 in the region opener at War Eagle
Coach Lee postgame interview (click to watch) :
The Maroon Tide scored on their first possession after forcing the War Eagles to punt. Picayune marched
66 yards on 9 plays with V.J. Holt scoring on a 15 yard run with 6:01 left in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead.
The point after was wide left.
Wayne County got on the scoreboard with a defensive touchdown when Braxton Lee returned a Picayune
fumble 27 yards for a touchdown with 3:41 left in the quarter. Heath Moseley's extra point made it 7-6.
Picayune took advantage of a Wayne County fumble to get their next score. Brian Taylor pounced on
the loose ball at the War Eagle 31 and Holt scored again, this time from 6 yards out, and Nagi's extra point
put Picayune up 13-7 with 7:21 left in the second quarter.
The lead was short-lived as Wayne County scored on the next possession of the game when they recovered
their own fumble in the end zone. Demetrius Harris pounced on the ball after WC fullback Perionta
Norsworthy fumbled it after being hit at the one yard line. Moseley kicked the extra point to make
it 14-13 with 6:07 left.
Picayune took the ball at their own 20 after the WC kickoff and moved the ball to War Eagle 35 on
12 plays before giving it back to Wayne County on downs.
On the second possession of the second half, Shaun Anderson bolted through the War Eagle defense
for a 50 yard touchdown and Nagi's point after put the Maroon Tide up 20-14 with 7:51 left in the
Later in the quarter, Picayune's Kade Turnage was "johnny on the spot" when he grabbed a fumbled
punt by the War Eagles returner at the WC 27 and raced in for a touchdown with 3:59 left in the
third quarter. Nagi's point after made it 27-14.
Brian Taylor got his second fumble recovery that halted a WC drive at the Picayune 20.
Picayune then drove to the WC 11 and settled for a 28 yard field goal from Nagi to extend
the lead to 30-14 with 8:31 left in the game.
Wayne County scored on their next possession with a 10 play 63 yard drive with Norsworthy
scoring from 7 yards out. The War Eagles converted a two-point conversion to make it a
one possession game with 5:41 left.
Picayune started the next possession at their 20 after a touchback on the ensuing kickoff.
The Maroon Tide converted four first downs to run out the clock, taking a knee at the
WC 6 yard line on the last play of the game.
Shaun Anderson postgame interview (click to watch)
Anderson paced the Maroon Tide with 197 yards on 32 carries. Defensively, Taylor
and Elijah Jenkins lead the Maroon Tide.
Picayune (4-1, 1-0) will celebrate homecoming on Friday hosting West Harrison.
Wayne County (2-3, 0-1) will travel to Pearl River Central.