Picayune beat top rank St. Martin in a scoring frenzy

Published 7:00 am Monday, September 5, 2016

In Friday’s game against St. Martin High School, Picayune Memorial High School Maroon Tide scored two 70-yard touchdowns, winning the game 56-21.

After loosing to St. Martin 63-35 last year, Tide Head Coach Dodd Lee said his team was able to turn the tables and bring home a win for the Maroon Tide.

Picayune started off strong in the first two quarters, scoring running touchdowns within the first few minutes of each quarter.

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With nine and a half minutes left in the first quarter, Picayune’s Sean Henderson scored a 20-yard running touchdown, the first score of the game.

Picayune’s Josh Littles scored the second run of the game from the 10-yard line with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Following suit, Skylar Bowman completed a 30-yard pass to Tyler Penton with 11:50 left in the second quarter.

St. Martin’s Kalem Reddix responded by scoring a 30-yard touchdown pass with 10 minutes left.

Bowman made an incredible 70-yard scoring pass to Penton with 9:55 left in the second.

St. Martin fumbled the ball, allowing Picayune’s Jacob Brumley to recover the ball.

With 3:23 left in the second, Penton ran two yards for a touchdown.

With just over a minute and a half left in the second quarter, Shaun Anderson intercepted the ball at the five-yard line, Josh quickly scored running touchdown and PAT.

In the third quarter, St. Martin scored their second touchdown with a 43-yard pass by Reddix with 5:45 left in the quarter bringing the score to 42-14.

Picayune responded with another 70 yard run by Shaun Anderson with 3:33 left in the quarter.

At the end of the third quarter, St. Martin had the ball at the 27-yard line with a first down.

After two false starts and an incomplete pass, Picayune took the ball at the 38-yard line in the fourth quarter. Blake Merrifield had 30 yard scoring run with 6:45 left in the game.

Bringing score 55-14.

With less than five minutes left in the game, St. Martin drove the ball 20 yards down the line. With just over a minute left in the game, St Martin made one last touchdown pass bringing the final score to 56-21, Picayune.

Lee said he was proud of his team’s defensive work especially against such skilled athletes.

St. Martin is currently ranked seventh in the state according to MaxPreps.com.

“The only rankings I’m worried about is when the year’s over,” Lee said.

Next week’s game will be against Gulfport at home.

“I think that’s the best team that’s out in Mississippi so that will be a great challenge for us,” Lee said.

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