Kenyatta Harrell rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns to lead Biloxi to a 21-7 win over Harrison Central in Biloxi on Friday.
Biloxi’s offense started the game with two incomplete passes down field before punting on the game’s fourth snap, but the first snap of their second possession was a good indication as to what would follow as Harrell scooted for 19 yards around the right end to the Harrison Central 35.
Harrell carried three more times on the next five snaps for gains of 13 yards, 4 yards and 6 yards for the game’s first score.
The Indians (2-4, 2-0 Region 4-6A) went to Harrell on second and third down on their next possession for runs of 6 yards and 53 yards for the score and a 14-0 lead with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter.
“We were having success running the ball, and after we got ahead and we were having success running it, there was no reason to stop doing it,” said Biloxi coach Bobby Hall.
“It was kind of a coming-out party for him,” said Hall of Harrell. “He’s just a 10th-grader as are a lot of our starters. But he’s going to be a great player.
“We’re 2-0, baby, and that’s all that really matters. We’ve had a lot of adversity, and it’s taken some of those guys who haven’t been in there a little while to get some experience and to get where they can go, but we’re getting better every week. I’m proud of my guys.”
The Red Rebels (2-4, 0-1) got on the scoreboard with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter to close out the first half scoring at 14-7.
Biloxi extended their lead as quarterback Kamron Suddeth led the Indians to a 6-play scoring drive on their first possession of the second half. Suddeth scored on a 9-yard keeper to extend the lead to 21-7.
On the other side of the ball, Keon Moore led the Red Rebels with 167 rushing yards, including a 52-yard carry to the Biloxi 28 yard line with just under 8 minutes left in the game.
Harrison Central failed to convert on the good field position at this point, and they also failed to convert on an Indians’ turnover at the Biloxi 20 early in the second quarter.
“Every game we’ve played this year, we’ve been in it,” said Red Rebels coach Casey Cain. “They’re used to being there in the fourth quarter. We’ve just got to keep knocking. We’ve got to knock harder. We’ve got to find the things and fix the things and go out next Friday and get a win.
“I don’t think we completed a pass tonight, the second game in a row we haven’t completed a pass,” said Cain. “We’ve got to get to where we complete some easy passes. They just can’t line up on us and know we’re going to run every time. That’s the biggest thing we’ve got to do and stop giving up explosive plays on defense.”
Biloxi’s defense was outstanding, denying Harrison Central a first-down on the Red Rebels’ first three possessions.
“Defense has played good for us all year,” said Hall. “Defense has actually given us a chance to win every ball game. Last week and this week we got to where we were making plays in the fourth quarter.
Suddeth completed 9 of 13 passes for Biloxi for 119 yards. He also rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown.