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Maroon Tide blasts D’Iberville 42-7

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D’Iberville—Picayune used a tenacious defense and big plays from the offense to post a 42-7 win over the D’Iberville Warriors at Buddy Singleton Field.

The Picayune’s defense quickly took control of the game tempo producing a turnover when Kyler King snatched a Warrior pass for an interception at the D’Iberville 49. Six plays later, Niquis Ratcliff bruised his way in for a 6 yard touchdown. Jamal Simmons added the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 7:43 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Picayune scored on a 44 yard run by Darrell Smith with 7:07 left.

The Maroon Tide got the ball back forcing a Warrior punt on the possession after the kickoff.

Starting at the D’Iberville 45, it took Picayune 7 plays to score with Brady Robertson sneaking in from 1 yard out. Simmons was true again on the point after for 21-0 lead with 3:24 left in the half.

Picayune’s defense was able to give the offense one more possession by stopping the Warriors on downs at the Maroon Tide 23 with :39 left on the clock.

On second down, Robertson, a southpaw, was scrambling to his left with a Warrior defender draped on him and appeared to being going down for a sack when he flipped the ball with his right hand to Chris Davis in the backfield. Davis raced down the field moving the ball the ball to the D’Iberville 35. After two incomplete passes, Davis ran for 11 yards to move the ball to the 24. After another incomplete pass, Picayune lined up for a field goal attempt, but just prior to the snap, the Warriors called timeout. Picayune then decided to go for it with :03 left. Robertson dropped back and threw a perfect pass to the speedy Davis on the right sideline and Davis scampered in for the touchdown. Simmons point after made it 28-0.

Photos courtesy of DeAnna Hunt Photography

Darrell Smith (4), Niquis Ratclilff (5), Kyler King (9)

Picayune opened the third quarter with a 7 play drive of 87 yards that culminated with a 12 yard touchdown run by Ratcliff. The "tri-pod" of long snapper Canen Uzell, holder Roberston, and placekicker Simmons was once again was good on the extra point for a 35-0 lead with 9:24 left in the quarter.

With the hot clock (one team ahead by 35 points or more) now in effect, Picayune added another score with 3:14 left when Triston Cooper bulled his way in for a 3 yard touchdown run. The drive took 15 plays and was orchestrated by sophomore quarterback Colt Robertson, the younger brother for senior starter Brady Robertson.

With Picayune subbing freely, D’Iberville scored on the last play of the game.

Smith led the Maroon Tide with 109 yards on 8 carries. Davis had 7 rushes for 66 yards and Ratcliff finished with 74 yards on 7 carries.

Picayune (2-1) will play at Gulfport on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Milner Stadium.


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