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

Stadium.

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

third quarter.

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.