Maroon Tide still rolling in district play

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Another Friday night game resulted in another win for the Picayune football team as the Maroon Tide improved to 8-0 with a 64-0 victory over the Long Beach Bearcats.

The win put the Maroon Tide at 4-0 in district play, which is tied with Wayne County for first place.

It was another dominant display by Picayune as the team chases another shot at a state championship.

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Picayune is the number one ranked school in both the 5A category and state category, meaning it’s topping even 6A schools in the latest iteration of the rankings.

Sixty-four points is the most the Maroon Tide has scored this season in a single game, showing the offense once again dominated on the ground.

The offense amassed over 400 yards rushing behind an offensive line that has been controlling the line of scrimmage all year.

The big guys up front have been creating running lanes for the backs, and running back Cameron Thomas once again had a massive game with 213 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Wide receiver Jalen Hall, running back Chad Dudenhefer, tight end Blake Mitchell and running back Dante Dowdell also scored while the defense even got in on the fun with linebacker Kade Turnage taking a fumble recovery to the end zone.

Austin Samples had another good game kicking the ball making 8 of his 9 PAT attempts.

Picayune’s stingy defense continued its great play as it pitched a shut out against the Bearcats’ spread offense.

The secondary did a good job of staying tight to Long Beach’s wide receivers with several passes defended.

Safety Austin Samples led the team in tackles with seven, while Turnage and linebacker Isaac Hickman combined for 10 tackles.

Picayune also forced two fumbles, with the special teams able to positively impact the game as well.

There were two blocked punts during the game, one by defensive end Carson Conner, and another by Turnage.

The game against Long Beach is in the past for the team, so the players are looking forward to a rivalry game this week.

The Pearl River Central Blue Devils will be traveling to Lee-Triplett Stadium this Friday.

This week’s game could have even more weight when the two teams face off with PRC holding a 2-2 record in district play as the Blue Devils look for a playoff berth.

If the Blue Devils lose to the Maroon Tide, they’d be 2-3 in district play with only two games left, making for an intense matchup. The home game for Picayune will kickoff at 7 p.m.