For the first time since fall camp opened two weeks ago, D’Iberville and Moss Point’s football teams were let loose against someone other than themselves.
The two teams squared off in a jamboree Friday at Buddy Singleton Field, with the Warriors earning a 16-0 victory.
The game marked the head coaching debut of Eugene Harmon, who was promoted to head coaching duties after Willie Brown stepped down this spring.
“Overall I think it went pretty good. We still have a lot of things to work on, but we got them first game jitters out — especially with our freshman quarterback,” Harmon said. “I’m really pleased with the overall effort. That was the main thing. We wanted to get all the kinks out before we go into our live game next week.”
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The highlight of the night for Moss Point was the play of Tytus Miles, who broke off two big runs of 15 and 20 yards.
“We’re looking for big things from him,” Harmon said. “He’s our go-to guy this year.”
Second-year D’Iberville coach Eric Collins saw some things he liked Friday and some other things that will need tweaking before the Warriors open the season Friday at Tylertown.
“I thought we could have done a lot better on offense. Moss Point was pretty quick up front and that gave us some problems, but I don’t think there’s anything we can’t handle,” Collins said. “Compared to where we were at this time last year, we came limping home after we got hammered by Wingfield. I’ll take a win. Anytime you get a win you’re going to be happy about it.”
D’Iberville running backs Jaquavis Foster and Devon Dixson scored on 9- and 7-yard runs respectively. Kicker Brady Groce capped the night’s scoring with a 44-yard field goal.
Moss Point will open the season Friday against rival Pascagoula.
“It’s a rivalry game. That game can go either way,” Harmon said. “They’re looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be an exciting game.”