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Moss Point jumps on Gautier early for 28-6 win

Special to the Sun Herald

The Moss Point football team kept the momentum rolling Friday night.

The Tigers jumped out to a big lead early and cruised to a 28-6 victory over Jackson County rival Gautier on Friday. The victory comes a week after Moss Point stunned Pascagoula 18-13 at War Memorial Stadium.

Moss Point (2-0) put together an impressive first half on offense with much of the yardage coming via the passing game. Senior quarterback Romello Leggins accounted for all of his passing yardage in the first half, completing 6-of-9 passes for 164 yards in the first two quarters, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Tytus Miles for the first score of the game.

Leggins threw for 147 yards in just the first quarter and also had a 5-yard touchdown run.

“Once you pound and pound and go with the pass, it can't be stopped,” Leggins said. “We haven't been stopped yet and I don't know who is going to stop us.”

Even Moss Point coach Willie Brown was surprised by the first-half performance in the passing game.

“We had that many yards?,” a surprised Brown asked. “First time ever.”

The Tigers have mostly relied on a strong ground game in Brown's three years on the job, but the staff has opened up the offense this season.

The Tigers came up just shy of a shutout on defense after Gautier turned a late Moss Point turnover into an 18-yard touchdown toss from sophomore quarterback Kameron Kincaid to senior running back Deandre Torrey with 3:53 remaining.

“We've got to make better decisions and play a lot more consistent,” Gautier coach Chris Peterson said. “We can't afford to have bad plays. For every play being made, we're having a bad play soon after. We're not consistent enough in our execution. We've got to get a lot better all the way around.”

Moss Point senior running back Omni Wells finished with 16 carries for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The two touchdowns for Wells came on runs of 4 and 17 yards.

“I think this game was better than the last game,” Wells said. “The momentum is still up there. We have to keep it going.”

Miles had a breakout game on offense. He had 12 carries for 66 yards and three receptions for 121 yards. He had the touchdown catch and a reception on a two-point conversion.

“(Miles) did everything he's supposed to do,” Wells said of Miles. “He's a great kid. He's capable of everything.”

The road only gets tougher for Moss Point as it prepares to travel to Class 6A Harrison Central next week.

“We still have a long way to go,” Brown said.  “We made a lot of mistakes tonight. We're making a lot of progress, but there's a lot of improvement to do.”

Moss Point led 28-0 at halftime as Gautier struggled on offense to move the ball with any consistency.

Gautier (0-2) will host Vancleave next week.

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