Patrick’s Picks: George County, Picayune want break-through wins

It will be hard for Coast squads to follow up their act from a week ago.

St. Stanislaus upset St. Paul's (Mobile) and Gulfport toppled nationally-ranked Petal to pick up a pair of statement victories for their programs.

The next team given an opportunity to show the rest of the state what it's made of is George County, which travels to Petal for an intriguing match-up Friday. The Panthers left Lucedale stinging last year after George County picked up a stunning 29-26 win over the eventual 6A state champions.

I can assure you Petal has not forgotten that defeat.

After going a pitiful 9-8 a week ago in my selections, I'm hoping to get off the mat this Friday with 17 more games to pick:

Pascagoula 21, D'Iberville 10: The Panthers have stumbled out of the gate with an 0-2 record, but there's plenty of time to get things right. After losing 35-7 to Picayune in the opener a week ago, D'Iberville (0-1) has some work to do on the offensive side of the ball. Pascagoula can begin its gradual climb back Friday.

South Jones 20, Pass Christian 17: The Pirates (1-1) and star running back V.J. Swanier showed some toughness with a bounce-back 35-28 win over Resurrection in week two, but South Jones (2-0) appears to be a little better than expected. The Braves left Long Beach with a 25-13 victory a week ago. Pass Christian has to make the healthy trip to Ellisville for this game.

East Central 42, Greene County 21: After a heart-breaking 33-28 loss to Stone High last week, East Central has some frustration to take out on a Greene County squad that's given up a total of 83 points over the last two weeks. East Central junior running back Tony Brown has 412 yards rushing so far.

St. Martin 45, Picayune 28: Wayne Overman continues to show progress at quarterback for St. Martin as is more than just a simple dual threat. He's proven himself as one of the better passers on the Coast with 524 yards and five scores with no interceptions this season. This should be another barn burner after St. Martin (2-0) topped the Maroon Tide (1-0) 63-28 last season.

Petal 42, George County 30: The Rebels (2-0) had problems with turnovers last week, turning it over six times in the first half of a 51-36 victory over Greene County. George County can afford no turnovers on the road at Petal.

Moss Point 35, Harrison Central 21: The Moss Point defense has been one of the most impressive units on the Coast to start this season. After scoring 53 points at McComb a week ago, it's hard to see Harrison Central (1-0) having similar success against the Tigers (2-0).

Varnado (La.) 28, St. Patrick 10: Varnado won 35-3 at St. Patrick last season. It's hard to see the Fighting Irish (0-2) doing much better on the road this season.

Vancleave 24, Gautier 23: The Bulldogs had two weeks to prepare for this one after falling hard in 49-6 to Stone in the opener. It turns out the Tomcats are pretty good. Gautier is scuffling on offense at the moment and still breaking in a young quarterback.

Hancock 35, Bay High 14: The Hawks appear in good shape to move to 3-0 behind a strong duo at running back in junior Maruis Cherry and senior Steven Good, who both have over 200 yards. Bay High (0-2) has allowed 79 points so far this season.

St. Stanislaus 42, Long Beach 20: The Rockachaws (2-0) are rolling while Long Beach (0-2) has fallen short through two games. With Myles Brennan throwing darts all over the field, SSC may be impossible to defend this season.

Biloxi 35, Northshore (La.) 17: The Indians (2-0) topped Northshore 28-23 last season. On Friday, Bobby Hall's club makes the drive to Slidell to take on the Panthers in their season opener.

Stone High 42, Forrest County AHS 21: Stone High (2-0) has been the surprise team in South Mississippi so far. John Feaster has quickly installed his system, which relies heavily on the ground game. It's hard to see FCAHS keeping up in a Stone High home game that will be played at St. Patrick. Stone's first genuine home game in Perkinston is set for Sept. 23 against Pearl River Central, Feaster's previous employer.

Gulfport 20, De La Salle 14 (La.): A 3A program out of New Orleans, De La Salle has five players who are committed to Division I programs. Gulfport (2-0) is battled tested through two games while De La Salle is entering its season opener. I don't see a let down for the Admirals.

Poplarville 48, Lumberton 14: This should be a rather lopsided 4A-1A match-up. Lumberton (1-1) has a rich tradition in football, but Poplarville (1-1) has a loaded backfield.

Resurrection 21, Jay (Fla.) 20: RCS (1-1) isn't as stingy on defense as it was a year ago, but likely has enough offense to beat Jay for a second consecutive season, this time in Pascagoula.

Ocean Springs 35, Hammond 10: The Greyhounds (1-1) demolished Hammond 52-7 in 2015. After getting thumped 45-10 by Brandon in the opener, Ocean Springs found its footing with a 20-7 win over Pascagoula last week.

Christian Collegiate 35, Calvary 6: CCA beat Calvary by a combined score of 95-6 in two games last year.