With the 2015 high school football season beginning to wind down for some teams we felt it was appropriate to say farewell to teams as their seasons come to a close.
Record: 4-6 overall, 1-4 Region 8-4A
Quick hits: The Tigers got off to a 3-2 start with wins over West Harrison, Richton and St. Patrick but opened Region 8-4A with back-to-back losses.
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Statistical leaders: After senior Tristan Hopgood was lost due to injury just four games into the season, Keishaun Pullom really picked up the slack at running back. The senior was one of the Coast's rushing leaders, running for more than 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. Seven times he eclipsed 100 yards this season. He was also the catalyst in Bay's 31-27 win over Vancleave, blocking three kicks.
Looking ahead: Bay will need to replace leaders like Pullom and Hopgood, but the Tigers will return quarterback Steven Good and a host of running backs, including Justin McKee and Vernon Barns, who each rushed for more than 250 yards.
Record: 5-5 overall, 2-3 Region 8-4A
Quick hits: The season ended on a sour note as Pass Christian narrowly missed out on the playoffs, but the Pirates had their best season in a very long time.
Statistical leaders: V.J. Swanier was a revelation for the Pirates, rushing for 1,061 yards at a 7.3-yard clip with 10 touchdowns. He also caught two touchdowns, racked up 52 tackles defensively and punted for the Pirates.
Looking ahead: The good news for PCHS coach Casey Wittmann is Swanier is only a junior and will be back in 2016.
Record: 0-11 overall, 0-5 Region 8-3A
Quick hits: The first year under long-time Vancleave coach Jim Bloomfield was a struggle. The Fighting Irish struggled to maintain a full roster throughout the season and were unable to claim a win in 2015.
Statistical leaders: Returning standout running back Kolbie Spence only played in parts of two games due to injuries but still finished with 240 yards on 60 carries. Junior Robert Starks picked up some of the slack, rushing for 329 yards on 56 carries. Senior receiver Matt Jones led St. Patrick with seven receptions for 154 yards.
Looking ahead: Bloomfield's No. 1 goal moving forward will be reinvigorating the St. Patrick student body and convincing more athletes to come out for football in 2016. Bloomfield is a good coach, he just needs the athletes to buy in.