Gulf­port over­comes in­jury to New­some, Ocean Springs earns No. 2 seed

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY PATRICK MAGEE

With se­nior quar­ter­back T.Q. New­some side­lined with an in­jury, Gulf­port needed a big fourth quar­ter to put away ri­val Biloxi 34-20 Fri­day night in the reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale.

The game was tied at 14-14 be­fore Gulf­port se­nior run­ning back Tionne Frost punched it in the end zone from 3 yards out to give the Ad­mi­rals the lead at 21-14 with

11:47 left.

Biloxi re­sponded with its own touch­down, but the 2-point con­ver­sion failed and Gulf­port kept the lead at 21-20 with 7:48 left.

The Ad­mi­rals had a quick an­swer when ju­nior quar­ter­back Daw­son Mal­ley threw a 56-yard touch­down to Tom­mie John­son to make it 27-20 with

6:00 left.

The game was put to bed when Deshun Shields ran 37 yards for a touch­down on a re­verse with 2:06 re­main­ing.

New­some, a South­ern Miss com­mit, had a hand in Gulf­port’s lone score of the first half on a 9-yard touch­down toss to Keeilan Thomas with 44 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter. The game was tied 7-7 at half­time.

New­some did not play in the sec­ond half due to a sprained an­kle and his sta­tus is un­cer­tain for Gulf­port’s first-round play­off game against Petal (5-6) at Mil­ner Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Gulf­port beat Petal

33-28 on Aug. 24 at Mil­ner Sta­dium.

Gulf­port fin­ishes the reg­u­lar sea­son with an over­all mark of 10-1 and a Re­gion 4-6A record of 7-0.

Biloxi’s sea­son comes to a close at 4-7 and 2-5.

Ocean Springs 24, Har­ri­son Cen­tral 21: The Grey­hounds clinched the No. 2 seed in Re­gion 4-6A and a first-round play­off game on Fri­day night.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back

Blake Noblin fin­ished off a 50-yard drive with a 1yard touch­down run with 2:32 re­main­ing for the win­ning score.

Ocean Springs (7-4) will host Pearl (7-4) in the first round of the Class 6A South State play­offs.

Har­ri­son Cen­tral got off to a hot start and led 14-0 with 2:54 left in the first quar­ter fol­low­ing a pair of rush­ing touch­downs from Jaidon Mc­Clain.

Ocean Springs an­swered be­fore the first quar­ter was done on a short drive that was capped by a 1yard touch­down run by Micah Kelly to make it 14-7, which was the score at half­time.

Ocean Springs took the lead on a one-play scor­ing drive with 6:01 left in the third quar­ter when Noblin hit Khalil Levy on a 40yard touch­down toss, mak­ing it 17-14.

The Red Rebels had their own quick an­swer when Bran­don Smith ac­counted for 64 yards on the next drive, in­clud­ing a 4-yard touch­down run. Har­ri­son Cen­tral led 21-17 with 3:19 left in the third quar­ter.

Har­ri­son Cen­tral (8-3) will travel to Oak Grove (9-2) in the first round of the play­offs.

East Cen­tral 56, Quit­man 20: The Hor­nets had one of their best of­fen­sive per­for­mances of the sea­son in a first-round play­off vic­tory in Hur­ley.

The win sets up a what should be a chal­leng­ing sec­ond-round con­test with Greene County (9-3) trav­el­ing to East Cen­tral (10-0).

East Cen­tral ju­nior run­ning back Dy­lan Grin­stein­ner ran 15 times for 201 yards and four touch­downs to lead the Hor­nets in rush­ing. Ju­nior quar­ter­back Will Young added 14 car­ries for 110 yards and two touch­downs.

Se­nior run­ning back Cameron Gray also had a nice night, car­ry­ing 10 times for 82 yards.

Se­nior corner­back Trenton Baldock had East Cen­tral’s other score on a kick re­turn for a touch­down.

Han­cock 24, Pascagoula 21: The Hawks

(4-7) ral­lied from down 21-10 in the third quar­ter to close out their sea­son with a win in the Kiln.

Pascagoula quar­ter­back Slade Mink threw a 10yard touch­down pass to Travis Wat­son and ju­nior Mon­tello Kirk­land had a pair of rush­ing scores to ac­count for all of the Pan­thers’ points.

Ju­nior Jor­dan Foushee had a 9-yard touch­down run for Han­cock in the first half to help keep Pascagoula lead to 14-7 at half­time.

Chris Bernard had a 3-yard touch­down run for Han­cock in the third quar­ter and Blake Comeaux got in the end zone from 2 yards out with 2:11 re­main­ing to fin­ish off the comeback for the Hawks (4-7, 2-5).

Pascagoula closes the sea­son with a record of 1-9 and 0-7.

Wayne County 42, Gau­tier 35: Wayne County scored with 5:15 re­main­ing and Gau­tier had no an­swer in the fi­nal mo­ments.

With the win, Wayne County (7-4, 4-3) ad­vances to play at Lau­rel in the first round of the Class 5A play­offs. Gau­tier’s sea­son comes to a close with a record of 6-5 over­all and 3-4 in re­gion play.

Da­lyn McDon­ald had a pair of touch­down passes and one scor­ing run to lead the Gau­tier of­fense. Devin Dix­son and Drake Thorn­ton added rush­ing touch­downs for the Ga­tors.

North­east Laud­erdale 28, St. Stanis­laus 12: Bran­don Borde­lon had a 5-yard touch­down run to give the Rock­achaws a

6-0 lead just 3 min­utes into the game, but that would prove to be the fi­nal ad­van­tage of the game for SSC.

North­east Laud­erdale (7-4) will host Po­plarville (10-1) in the sec­ond round of the play­offs.

Borde­lon pro­vided the other score for St. Stanis­laus to make it 14-12 with 5 min­utes to go in the third quar­ter.

The sea­son for St. Stanis­laus comes to a close with a record of 5-6.

West Laud­erdale 28, Van­cleave 22: West Laud­erdale ad­vances to host Florence in the sec­ond round of the Class 4A play­offs.

Van­cleave se­nior run­ning back C.J. John­son tossed a 52-yard touch­down to Kade Thrash with 2:27 re­main­ing, but it was too lit­tle, too late as the Bull­dogs’ sea­son ended on the road.

John­son ran 20 times for 105 yards and com­pleted four of six passes for 145 yards, two touch­downs and a 2-point con­ver­sion.

Thrash had six re­cep­tions for 155 yards and three touch­downs.

Quar­ter­back Roy John­son com­pleted five of nine passes for 40 yards and a touch­down.

Van­cleave, which fin­ished 5-6, had 318 yards of to­tal of­fense.

Po­plarville 50, Lanier 20: The Hor­nets led 50-0 with 1:37 re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter and cruised to the first-round play­off win.

Po­plarville (10-1) will travel to North­east Laud­erdale (7-4) in the sec­ond round.

Ju­nior run­ning back Chase Shears took his first hand­off of the night and ran 54 yards for a touch­down at the 11:07 mark of the first quar­ter. Shears and Amahd Bolton both ac­counted for a pair of touch­downs for the Hor­nets.

Picayune 58, Pearl River Cen­tral 7: The Ma­roon Tide rolled in Car­riere af­ter jump­ing out to a 43-7 lead at half­time.

Jortin Raine had a pair of touch­down runs for Picayune, which could do no wrong in the first half.

The Ma­roon Tide will host Natchez (7-4) in the first round of the play­offs.

Stone 55, Long Beach 3: Stone High se­nior quar­ter­back Trey Ar­ring­ton had 20 rushes for 175 yards and two touch­downs. He also had 80 yards pass­ing.

Caleb Arm­strong ac­counted for 60 yards rush­ing and a touch­down along with 50 yards re­ceiv­ing. Fresh­man run­ning back Car­los Brown added 12 car­ries for 125 yards and two touch­downs.

Stone High (4-6, 4-3) will travel to West Jones (9-2) in the first round of the play­offs.

Ge­orge County 32, Merid­ian 6: Sopho­more M.J. Daniels had a 25-yard fum­ble re­turn for a score and a 33-yard touch­down re­cep­tion on of­fense to led the Rebels.

Ge­orge County fin­ishes the sea­son with a record of 4-8 af­ter win­ning three of its last five games.

East Marion 36, Res­ur­rec­tion 7: Res­ur­rec­tion (6-4) will travel to Nanih Waiya (11-1) in the first round of the Class 1A play­offs.

OTHER SCORES

St. Martin 48, D’Iberville 28

Hat­ties­burg 58, West Har­ri­son 6

Men­den­hall 38, Moss Point 26

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @CoastCover­age.

AMANDA MCCOY am­c­coy@sun­her­ald.com

North­east Laud­erdale’s Tyler An­der­son gets his arms around St. Stanis­laus’ Leon Ne­grotto as he runs the ball on Fri­day in Bay St. Louis.

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