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Stone is determined to stay on winning track this season

The 2017 Stone High football team
The 2017 Stone High football team ttisbell@sunherald.com

Under first-year coach John Feaster, Stone High was one of the Coast’s biggest surprise teams in 2016.

The Tomcats won eight games en-route to earning a Class 5A state playoff berth, including an upset victory over Picayune, Feaster’s alma mater.

Feaster plans to keep the Tomcats on the winning track.

“I’m looking forward to the season,” Feaster said. “Hopefully, the kids will continue to work hard and play hard every Friday night. If we continue to grow as a team, we will be alright.”

Defense will be the Tomcats’ strength where six starters return, including the entire front four: bookends Kolby Willis, Spencer Edwards and tackles Kendall Arrington and Tavin Peters. All four are seniors. Arrington had 72 total tackles and eight sacks.

Junior Trey Arrington, who had 92 tackles, is the only returning starting linebacker. Senior Jamir Jamison will start at the other linebacker spot.

The Tomcats’ secondary has a returning starter, cornerback Enrique Whaley. Senior Demetrius Whitaker will start at the other cornerback spot. Junior Kelton Marshall will start at safety. Seniors T.J. Polk and Dennis Roberts are the starting strong safety and free safety.

“We need to play fast and be disciplined on defense,” Feaster said. “The defense will have to carry us.”

The Tomcats’ offense, however, is a huge concern. Stone must replace its entire offense from last year, including Sun Herald’s All-South Mississippi running back Terrion Avery.

Feaster will rely on seniors at the skill positions to boost an inexperienced offense, including Kentrell McCray, who ran for 500 yards.

Travis Picco will start at quarterback.Whaley and Errol McDonald will start at receiver. Justin Batiste will start at wingback.

Justin Batiste will start at wingback. Enrique Whaley and Errol McDonald are the wide receivers.

Three sophomores are slated to start on the offensive line: guards Tytan Lee, tackle Zach Bond and center Matthew Fountain. Senior Hagen Ladnier will start at guard, junior Chris Brown at tackle.

“We have a group of guys that can replace Terrion, not just one person,” Feaster said. “We have a lot of unproven guys. Anytime you work hard and have a lot invested into what we’re doing, can translate into success.”

Junior Dawson Cudd is the kicker. Whaley, who scored five touchdowns on punt returns, will be the punter.

Competing in Region 4-5A will be another tough challenge for Stone.

Schedule

Aug. 25: Harrison Central

Sept. 1: at Biloxi

Sept. 8: Poplarville

Sept. 22: West Harrison

Sept. 29: at Hattiesburg

Oct. 6: Picayune

Oct. 13: at Gautier

Oct. 20: Wayne County

Oct. 27: Pearl River Central

Nov. 3: at Long Beach

Roster

1 Jamir Jamison

2 Justin Battise

3 Nathan Fairley

4 Dennis Roberts

5 Kentrell Mccray

6 Errol Mcdonald

7 Enrique Whaley

8 Demetrius Whittaker

9 Jakalyn Green

10 Trey Arrington

11 Spencer Edwards

12 Josten Fairley

13 Jalen Payton

14 Jammy Bolton

15 Colby Willis

16 Connor Rutherford

17 A.J. Petty 18 Travis Picco

19 Zach Simmons

20 K'Randon Simmons

21 Kelton Marshall

22 Caleb Armstrong

23 Ian Flurry

24 Dylan Cobb

25 Darrien Carter

26 T.J. Polk

27 Dawson Cudd

28 Curtis Kennedy

29 Garret Levins

30 Jeremiah Montgomery

31 Robert Williams

32 David Brown Jr.

34 Kale Thomas

35 Darrien Carter

36 Jaden Burns

40 Macon Herrin

41 Tynode Hughes

42 Timmie Hughes

44 Brandon Beach

45 Josh Grover

46 Trenton Howe

50 Brennen Hull

51 Trent Parker

52 Larry Jones

54 Cody Ornsbey

55 Tytan Lee

56 Chris Brown

57 Alex Gentry

58 Raymond Hatten

59 Kaleb McCarty

60 Cade Iser

61 Kyle West

62 Jacob Comardelle

63 Zach Bond

66 Anthony Quina

70 Chris Lindsey

72 Matthew Fountain

75 Hagen Ladnier

76 Jeremiah Mcgee

91 Tavin Peters

99 Kendall Arrington

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