Tide senior class makes history

Published 3:39 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The record didn’t stand for long.

Last year’s senior class of the Picayune football team left as the all-time winningest group in school history, with 32 wins over a three year span.

But the current crop of Maroon Tide seniors has made history with an historic win last week.

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Picayune picked up its first ever win in Waynesboro, with a 31-14 thumping of Wayne County in the Class 5A South State semifinals. The win propels the Maroon Tide into the South state finals for the second time in three seasons, as Picayune will travel to Laurel Friday night with a berth in the state championship on the line.

Kickoff time between the bricks is set for 7 p.m. Picayune is 10-2, and the Golden Tornadoes are 12-1.

And representing the Maroon Tide in the South State finals this week will be the all-time winningest class in school history. The current senior class has 34 wins, after a 13-2 state championship season two years ago as well as an 11-1 record last season. It’s the first time in school history that the team has recorded double digit wins in three consecutive years.

Four members of this year’s senior class have played prominent roles since they were sophomores for head coach Dodd Lee. Preston Dedeaux, DeMarcus Haralson, Daveon Greene and Chase Roberson all saw action as sophomores during the state championship season.

Dedeaux, Greene and Haralson all played big roles Friday night and have been instrumental in Picayune’s success all season long. Roberson, unfortunately, was lost for the season with a knee injury six weeks ago.

That group, as has most of the senior class, has been a part of a state championship team two years ago as well as a  team that was ranked in the Top 20 nationally last year according to USA Today. And now, this season, a team that went on the road and won in a place that the Maroon Tide was previously 0-5 before Friday’s big win over the War Eagles.

“It is a special win for us,” said Maroon Tide Head Coach Dodd Lee. “Our kids had a calm about them all week. I had a good feeling about them. It’s a great thing when a team comes together like this.”

Lee is in his 18th season at the helm of his alma mater, and has guided the Maroon Tide to the state playoffs 15 times in those 18 seasons. This will be Picayune’s third appearance in the South State finals in the past  10 years.