LONG BEACH -- Stone High football coach Adam Stone said his Tomcats put it together Friday night and no one could argue the point.
Nick Brown intercepted three passes, Terrion Avery rushed for 201 yards, and the Tomcat defense forced six turnovers in defeating Long Beach 38-0 at Lumpkin-Magee Stadium.
Stone (4-6 overall, 2-4 in Region 4-5A) jumped to a 17-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior, picked off a Mitch McCaleb pass and raced 38 yards for a TD for a 6-0 lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter. Brown had another pick at the goal line to stop Long Beach's third drive and then Tavarus Breland stopped Long Beach's fourth drive with an interception at the 15.
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That momentum swing was too much for the Bearcats (2-9, 1-5) to overcome as they tried to build on an overtime win at Picayune.
Meanwhile, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Avery eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier for the season. He entered the game with 935 yards and stands at 1,126 yards now.
"I read the play and had watched film on them,'' Brown said of his Pick-6 in the first quarter. "We played good tonight. I think this is the best game I've ever played.''
"This is one of the first times we've put together an offensive, a defensive and a special teams game,'' Stone said. "We stuck to our game plan -- run the football, play great defense and be good on special teams.
Avery scored on runs of 2, 54 and 14 yards. Breland added a 7-yard TD run to go with his interception. And Mason Hunt kicked a 37-yard field goal to go with seven touchbacks on kickoffs. "We have drills where we have our coaches say to throw your body through the hoops and (Avery) just throws his body through it,'' Stone said. "That's what he did tonight. There will be a crease there and he will run through it. Nick Brown played great defensively.''
McCaleb completed 23 of 41 passes and Justin Lockey added 4 completions in 7 tries. Total, Long Beach threw for 222 yards. But four picks offset that production. Trevor Terry had 8 catches for 54 yards. Matthew Cropper had 7 catches for 73 yards while Brock Byrd had 7 catches for 56 yards.
Long Beach closes its season next Friday at West Harrison while Stone returns home to face Hattiesburg.