Wayne County stops Picayune’s region title bid

Picayune-Wayne County's stingy defense and big play offense propelled them to a 27-16 win over Picayune at Lee-Triplett Stadium.

Picayune had a golden opportunity to score early after recovering a War Eagle fumble at the Wayne County 45, but a sack on fourth down at the 25 ended the threat.

Wayne County scored the first points on a 25 yard pass from Sebastin Chafin to Shadamien Williamson with 1:44 left in the first quarter.

The Maroon Tide would tie the game in the second quarter with a 9 play 93 yard drive that resulted in a 1 yard touchdown run by Isaac Hickman. In the drive, Hickman connected with Jayshawn Lee on a 59 yard pass that moved the ball to the War Eagle 11. Morgan Craft’s extra point made it 7-7 with 2:49 left in the half.

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Jayshawn Lee (13) on a 59 yard catch and run against Wayne County.

Wayne County went up 14-7 on an 11 yard run by Williamson with 4:20 left in the third quarter and extended the lead to 20-7 on a 64 yard run by Kelnevious Walley with :08 left in the third quarter.

Picayune responded with a touchdown on its next possession when Hickman connected with Lee on back to back 33 yard completions, the second producing a touchdown with 11:09 left in the game to make it 20-14.

The War Eagles scored again on its next possession on a 61 yard run by Williamson with 10:16 left.

Picayune got a safety with 3:50 left in the game to make the final 27-16.

Picayune is the second seed in the region after four teams finished with 5-2 records. Tiebreakers between the four teams resulted in Pascagoula being the top seed, then Picayune, Hattiesburg, and East Central.

Picayune (8-2, 5-2) host West Jones on Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.