MaxPreps will honor Picayune's Class 5A state football championship team today at 9:20 a.m. at Picayune High School Gymnasium.
The Maroon Tide (13-2) will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy as part of the ninth annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions.
Picayune Memorial finished No. 87 in the final rankings at MaxPreps and is one of 50 schools being honored on this season's tour.
The presentation will be made during a school assembly to Picayune coach Dodd Lee and Athletic Director Walt Esslinger.
The Maroon Tide also finished first in the Sun Herald South Mississippi.football poll.
Maroon Tide running back Preston Dedeaux earned the Sun Herald player of the year award after gaining more than 2,000 yards rushing and scoring 35 touchdowns.
The Maroon Tide has won two state titles in the past three years. Picayune also won a state title in 1986.
Gibson gets three more offers: St. Stanislaus offensive lineman Ryan Gibson was offered scholarships by Southern Miss, Tulane and University of California this week. His other offers are Cincinnati, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Louisiana Tech and Air Force.
Pascagoula duo offered: Two of Pascagoula's top rising seniors received football scholarship offers from Louisville on Thursday, Pascagoula coach Lewis Sims said.
Receiver Jaylen Smith and defensive end Marshean Joseph both have scholarship offers from the Cardinals.
Smith recently received his first offer from Ole Miss following a stellar junior season. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver is sure to have many more offers headed his way. Joseph is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end who transferred to Pascagoula from Gautier prior to last season. He quickly worked his way into the Pascagoula starting lineup and had a nice junior campaign.
Soccer signing: Long Beach soccer standout Peyton Holder has signed a scholarship with Northwest Community College.
Keel signs with Holmes CC: Pass Christian senior Blake Keel signed a letter of intent to play baseball with Holmes Community College in Goodman. Keel has been a four-year starter for the Pirates. He has been all-district pick for two straight seasons and was 3A all-state in 2013.