Picayune pounds D'Iberville 31-10
Picayune -- There was a partial power outage in the first half on Friday night at Lee-Triplett Stadium, but the Maroon Tide was not phased and displayed some power football in pounding the D'Iberville Warriors 31-10.
Picayune scored first taking advantage of a bad snap in punt formation by the Warriors that forced the punter to jump on the ball at their own 8. Two plays later, senior Shaun Anderson scored around left end and Sami Nagi kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead with 10:05 left in first quarter.
Picayune forced another punt and put together a 13 play drive, but fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback.
Jeremiah Stallings got the ball back with an interception, but the Maroon Tide turned the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass at the Warrior 39.
After the teams exchanged punts, Picayune's defense stopped the Warriors on fourth down at the Tide's 47. The Maroon Tide then went 53 yards in 7 plays with senior Tyler Penton finding Shaun Andersen for a 26 yard catch and run play for the touchdown with 2:13 left in the second quarter. Nagi's extra point made it 14-0.
After the ensuing kickoff, D'Iberville answered quickly going 55 yards in 6 plays scoring on a 10 yard touchdown pass from Michael Kozlowski to Layton Businelle with :46 left to cut the lead to 14-7.
Picayune started at their 39 after the kick off. On first down, Penton lofted a perfect fade route to Elijah Burton down the Tide sideline for 34 yards. On the next play, Penton threw a 26 yard pass to Anderson for the touchdown. Nagi kicked the point after for a 21-7 lead with :15 left.
D'Iberville started at their 35 after the Picayune kickoff and caught the Maroon Tide secondary napping completing a 49 yard pass to the Tide 16. Brody Groce kicked a 32 yard field goal to make it 21-10 at the half.
Picayune asserted themselves to start the second half with a 16 play 80 yard drive consuming
7 minutes and 46 seconds off the clock. Jortin Raine scored from 6 yards out and Nagi's extra point made it 28-10 with 4:13 left in the third quarter.
The Maroon Tide got the ball back on Stallings second pick of the night as he grabbed it on the Tide 20 and returned the Warrior 47. A penalty during the return put the ball at the Picayune 38.
The Maroon Tide used 12 plays to move the ball to the Warrior 4 and settled for a 21 yard field goal with 6:54 left in the game to make it 31-10.
Picayune rushed for 288 yards on 54 rushes. Anderson had 23 rushes for 114 yards.
The Maroon Tide defense held D'Iberville to 62 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Picayune hosts Pascagoula on Friday.