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Pass Christian is strong enough to challenge in wide open Region 8-4A

Pass Christian returns 12 starters from last year’s team that went 5-5 and reached the state playoffs.
Pass Christian returns 12 starters from last year’s team that went 5-5 and reached the state playoffs. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Pass Christian has the experience to earn a second straight Class 4A state playoff berth.

The Pirates return 12 starters from last year’s team that went 5-5 and reached the state playoffs. Eventual South state champion Poplarville eliminated Pass Christian in first-round action last year.

A 27-14 season-opening loss to Long Beach last week hasn’t affected Pirates coach Casey Wittmann’s outlook.

“If we stay healthy, we have a chance to be a good team,” Wittmann said. “We’re optimistic about this year. Our program has been growing the last few years.”

Defensively, Pass Christian has six of its front seven returning.

Seniors Travon Frost, Justin Kidd, Tyson Scott will be joined by junior Terre’ Johnson and sophomore Montrell Alexander on the defensive line.

Both linebackers — Nate Stewart and John Parfait — also return. Stewart started three years, while Parfait is a two-year starter.

The Pirates’ secondary has two returnees: Elijah Barnes and Josh Tinson. Titus Schwartz, Gage Scruggs and Andrew Moffitt are battling for the other two starting spots.

“We have a senior-laden defensive front,” Wittmann said. “Frost, Kidd, and Scott will play linebacker from time to time.”

Wittmann is excited about the Pirates’ offense, which will revolve around sophomore quarterback Dustin Allison and junior running back Tionne Frost. Allison threw for 500 yards last year and has a strong arm. Frost averaged seven yards a carry. Against Long Beach, he ran for 143 yards.

“Dustin has been around football his whole life,” Wittmann said. “He’s very accurate, been to a few football camps and is poised to have a great year. I think Frost is one of the best running backs on the Coast.”

Gordon Ward will start at fullback. Andre Moffitt, Matt Stubbs and Damonta May are projected to start at wide receiver.

Anchoring the Pirates’ offensive line are center Steven Labat, guards Jordan Drake and Nate Weatherly, tackles Colton Jeanfreau and Devin Scandurro.

Reese Baughman will handle both placekicking and punting duties for the Pirates.

East Central is considered the Region 8-4A favorite, but the other three playoff berths are wide open between Pass Christian, Moss Point, Vancleave, St. Stanislaus and Bay High.

“The Region is always tough,” Wittmann said. “We’re excited about the competition. Hopefully, our stout non-Region schedule will prepare us.”

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

Schedule

Aug. 17: Long Beach

Aug. 25: at Lanier

Sept. 1: Perry Central

Sept. 8: West Harrison

Sept. 22: at Sumrall

Sept. 29: at Bay High

Oct. 6: East Central

Oct. 13: at Moss Point

Oct. 20: at Vancleave

Oct. 27: St. Stanislaus

Roster

1 Huu Nguyen

2 Damonta May

3 Dustin Allison

4 Tyson Scott

5 Brad Frederick

6 Xavion Paige

7 Dylan Necaise

8 Tionne Frost

9 Austin Scanlan

10 Terre’ Johnson

11 Elijah Barnes

13 Andrew Moffett

16 Gage Scruggs

17 Kendall Miller

20 DeJean Rhodes

21 CJ Pritchett

23 Tristan Stewart

27 Nate Stewart

31 Sebastian Setzer

32 Michael Carson

33 Joshua Tinson

34 Montrell Alexander

35 Roman Rials

37 Titus Schwartz

38 Matthew Stubbs

40 Darell Mayes

42 Gordon Ward

44 Travon Frost

45 Justin Kidd

47 Logan Brand

48 John Parfait

50 Kenneth Nguyen

51 Reese Gorman

55 Steven Labat

56 Nathan Weatherly

57 Web Davis

58 Dane May

59 Chase Pressley

60 Kelton Necaise

62 Kain Lally

65 Devin Scandurro

66 Chance Diaz

69 Andrew Mitchell

70 Jabriel Alexander

71 Max Haines

74 Dylan Thomas

75 Thomas Clemens

77 Jordan Drake

79 Colton Jeanfreau

80 Devin Johnson

82 Quincy Cameron

88 Reis Baughman

90 Jamauri Sutton

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