Local teams in spring football games

Published 5:26 pm Friday, May 11, 2007

All four local prep football teams will wrap up spring training drills by playing in jamborees over the next six days.

Two Pearl River County squads, Picayune and Poplarville, wrap up the 21 day workouts tonight by competing in multi-team events on the road.

The Maroon Tide travels to Moss Point to meet both the homestanding Tigers and George County.

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Head coach Dodd Lee’s crew will take on the Class 5A Rebels at 5 p.m., and then follow that by meeting Moss Point at around 6:30 p.m.

The teams will meet in a 20 play varsity game type scrimmage first, and then the JV squads of the teams will follow that with the same type of format.

George County and Moss Point will then cap the evening by meeting each other around 8.

Picayune will be without standout running back Albert Richard in the games. He has been limited in his participation this spring due to a pulled hamstring.

Drew Cole, who recently committed to Auburn, and T’Deryl Greys are expected to see most of the action in the backfield for the Maroon Tide tonight.

Ironically, Moss Point and Picayune will kick the season off against one another at the end of August, but the teams have competed against one another in spring drills for the past couple of seasons. They met last year in the Biloxi jamboree.

Moss Point is dropping down to Class 4A this season after many years in the state’s largest classification.

• Poplarville will travel to Brooklyn for a jamboree at Forrest County AHS tonight.

The Hornets of head coach Lance Mancuso will take on Stone and Long Beach in varsity and JV action.

The Hornets JV will begin play at 4:30, while the varsity follows at 6 p.m., against Stone.

The homestanding Aggies are also taking part in the jamboree.

• On Thursday, Pearl River Central will be the only local team to host a spring jamboree, as the Blue Devils greet Hancock, Pass Christian and Columbia beginning at 5 p.m.

The Blue Devils of head coach jeremy Weir will take on Pass and Columbia in the event.

Hancock is entering its second year of play under head coach Brian Barkley.

PCHS is dropping from Class 4A to Class 3A this season.