Maroon Tide faces another challenge at Long Beach


Maroon Tide Head Coach Dodd Lee discussing the Long Beach game

After pulling out a tough 42-35 road win last week against Stone, Picayune will face another talented Region 4-5A opponent when the Maroon Tide tees it up at Long Beach on Friday inside Lumpkin Stadium.

The Bearcats (5-2, 2-1) lost at home last week to Wayne County 48-42 in overtime. Long Beach led 28-14 in the third quarter, but three costly turnovers allowed Wayne County to rally for a 35-28 lead. The Bearcats scored the next fourteen points to lead 42-35 with just over four minutes left in the game, but Wayne County tied the game with :36 left in regulation and won it in overtime by scoring after Long Beach failed to score on its first possession.

The Bearcats are led by quarterback Cade Crosby (6-0, 175, Soph) who has completed 94 of 150 attempts for 1,175 yards with 8 TDs and ran for 396 yards and 8 TDs. Running back Dennis Andrews (5-11,215, Jr.) has rushed for 1,071 yards on 141 carries with 15 TDs. Kai Vancourt (5-9,150,Jr.) and Charlie Wescovich (5-7,160,Sr.) have each caught 25 passes.

In the win over Stone, Picayune (6-1, 3-0) relied on the running of tailback Shaun Anderson (5-7,165,Sr.) who had 404 yards on 19 carries with 5 TDs that pushed his season totals to 146 rushes for 1,239 yards and 14 TDs.

The game will be broadcast on WRJW 1320 AM in the Picayune area as well as wrjwradio.com, the WRJW smart phone app, the Tune In app, and in the stadium at Long Beach on FM 91.1.

Carey Meitzler (play by play), Todd Meitzler (color analyst), and Donald Balch kick off coverage at 6:30pm with the Paw Paw's Campers & Cars Pregame Show.

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