Four more Coast teams wrapped up impressive seasons last Friday.
Record: 7-6 overall, 2-3 Region 8-4A
Quick hits: The Tigers made a strong run through the first two rounds of the playoffs before falling to region champion St. Stanislaus. Prior to clashing with the Rockachaws, the Tigers ripped off three straight wins, including a 20-17 victory over Bay High in the regular season finale. Moss Point toppled West Lauderdale 20-14 and North Pike 62-51 in the playoffs.
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Statistical leaders: Moss Point had a stable of running backs. Cal'Terrius Anderson went down mid-way through the year and still finished with 787 yards. Omni Wells came on late to lead the team with 1,402. Travis Marion also rushed for 993 yards.
Looking ahead: The Tigers should be in good shape with quarterback Romello Leggins and Mr. Do-It-All, Omni Wells, returning. The run-heavy Tigers will need to find depth at running back, however, to keep Wells fresh.
Record: 9-4 overall, 6-1 Region 4-5A
Quick hits: Despite losing several key players to injuries during the course of the season, the Panthers continued to win. Pascagoula never lost consecutive games and finished one game back of 4-5A champion Pearl River Central.
Statistical leaders: As coach Lewis Sims likes to say, "the ball isn't heavy," and running back Reginald Hunter Jr. proved just that. The junior was among the Coast's rushing leaders and totaled 1,317 yards with 13 touchdowns heading into last week's loss at Laurel. Granlund Torjusen was a solid passer for PHS, throwing for nearly 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. Go-to receiver Cartreal Davison led the team with 23 receptions for 321 yards and three scores.
Looking ahead: The Panthers lose several leaders, like Jakwaize Walker, but they return a key nucleus featuring Torjusen and Hunter.
Pearl River Central
Record: 11-2 overall, 7-0 Region 4-5A
Quick hits: What a season 2015 was for PRC. The Blue Devils ran wild against most of its opponents and placed three running backs among the Coast's leaders. Despite losing rising sophomore Shane Smith during the summer, the players rallied around each other to put together a season to remember before falling to Wayne County in the second round of the playoffs.
Statistical leaders: The name of the game was pounding the rock for PRC. Christian Roberts was among the Coast's best, rushing for 1,425 yards and 20 TDs. Hunter Holifield and Michael Tatman weren't far behind, collecting 1,291 and 1,182 yards respectively. Holifield rushed for 10 TDs and Tatman had 13 When called upon, Wyatt Davis proved to be efficient throwing the ball, completing 50 of 75 passes for 897 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, David Salser was second on the coast with 181 total tackles.
Looking ahead: It looks like it'll be the Davis and Tatman show as Roberts and Holifield graduate. The defense will need to call upon new leaders as PRC graduates its top nine tacklers.
Record: 7-8 overall. 2-3 Region 8-4A
Quick hits: The Bulldogs made the most of their late-season push. After up-ending East Central 31-28 in the regular season finale to squeeze into the postseason, the Bulldogs shut out Mendenhall and held on to beat Purvis to make it to the third round of the playoffs under first-year coach Lavon Capers.
Statistical leaders: Dylon Mallette carried much of the rushing load for VHS, rushing for 1,017 yards, but Cade Posey, David Capers and Parker Bourque chipped in for 617, 424 and 338 yards respectively. Bourque also proved to be a solid QB, throwing for another 789 yards. Capers and Jesse Waltman were tackle machines, totaling 160 and 138 respectively. Kicker Taylor Crabtree was one of the best on the Coast and finished third on the team with 48 points, only behind Capers (64) and Posey (58).
Looking ahead: The Bulldogs will need to find a solid supporting cast as only Capers returns out of the aforementioned leaders. Look for Tristan Glass to see an expanded role. Like Capers, Glass helped in the rushing game and also totaled 97 tackles.