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Beefy O-line, Wells' running give Moss Point shot at big '16

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Willie Brown's second season on the job as head coach at Moss Point was a strong one, but the chore now is finding a way in 2016 to top last year's postseason run.

The Tigers topped North Pike and West Lauderdale in the playoffs in 2015 before falling 44-20 to St. Stanislaus, one game shy of the Class 4A South State title game.

In year No. 3 as head coach, Brown is feeling good about the direction of his program.

“I feel more comfortable and the guys do as well, but there's so much more to do with the total program,” Brown said. “I'm pleased. I love coming to work every day. I really love working with the kids and watching them grow. We still have so much more work to do.”

Moss Point, which also earned an impressive 31-12 win over Harrison Central in the regular season, finished 7-6 in 2015 with a 2-3 mark in a very tough Region 8-4A.

Much of Moss Point's late season surge can be attributed to the play of Omni Wells, who took over at running back midway through his junior season and finished with 181 carries for 1,386 yards. He had a monster game in the 62-51 win at North Pike, rushing for 383 yards and five touchdowns.

With Cal'terrius Anderson and Travis Marion lost to graduation, there's no doubt that the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Wells will serve as the go-to man in the backfield for the Tigers this year.

“He's not only someone the guys look up to in football, but also in school,” Brown said of Wells. “He's a nice young man. As far as the team, there's no bigger individual than the team. He certainly can't do it all by myself.

Sophomore running back Tytus Miles, who is 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, also has a good shot at getting carries this season.

Moss Point can also rely on leadership from third-year starting quarterback Romello Leggins, who knows well how to run Brown's Wing-T offense.

“He has an idea of what the offense is about, a command of the offense,” Brown said. “We might try a few things to expand the play-calling because he started as a sophomore.”

Brown is also excited to have four starters, all juniors, back on one of the biggest offensive lines on the Coast. Right tackle TeVaun Weatherspoon stands 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, and right tackle Antwoine Bailey is 6-1, 330. Terrance Gaines is also back at center and Matthew Sellers returns is at center.

The lone new starter is left guard Geoffery Harmon, a sophomore who is 5-foot-10, 255 pounds.

“We have to chase them out of the weightroom,” Brown said of his offensive line. “We have to tell them, 'This is enough. We don't need to do this anymore.' That's a good thing when you're a coach.”

The receiving options on offense will be senior Amari Williamson, senior La'nas Torrey, freshman Jonavan Jackson and sophomore tight end Keandre Booker.

On defense, Moss Point returns most of its experience in the front seven, including senior linebacker Rayshon Marcell, who was the team's leading tackler a year ago. He's joined in the linebacking corps by fellow returning starter Devin Simpson. Junior Javon Williams will likely move into the other starting spot at linebacker.

Senior Marquis Pears is back at one defensive end and 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior Corey Oatis returns at nose tackle. Senior Dante Barnes is expected to start at the other defensive end.

Junior strong safety Anthony Kirkland is the lone returning starter in the secondary. He will be joined in the secondary by strong safety Rhyheim Walley, free safety Joseph Nicholson, cornerback Christian Stallworth and cornerback Kobie Ruffin.

Moss Point opens the season with a trip to rival Pascagoula on Aug. 19.

At a glance

2015 record: 7-6

Region: 8-4A

Head coach: Willie Brown

Assistant coaches: Derrick Caples, Marc Turner, Chris Spencer, Andrae Carter, W. Eugene Harmon, Maurice Gowdy, W.C. Johnson, Michael Atwood.

Offense: Wing-T

Defense: Multiple

Starters

Offense

Pos.

Name

Class

QB

Romello Leggins

Senior

RB

Omni Wells

Senior

RB

Tytus Miles

Sophomore

LT

Antwone Bailey

Junior

LG

Geoffery Harmon

Sophomore

C

Terrance Gaines

Junior

RG

Matthew Sellers

Junior

RT

Tevaun Weatherspoon

Junior

TE

Keandre Booker

Senior

WR

Amari Williamson

Senior

WR

La’nas Torrey

Senior

WR

Jonavan Jackson

Freshman

Defense

DE

Marquis Peairs

Senior

NT

Cory Oatis

Senior

DE

Dante Barnes

Senior

LB

Devin Simpson

Junior

LB

Rayshon Marcell

Senior

LB

Javon Williams

Junior

SS

Anthony Kirkland

Junior

SS

Rhyheim Walley

Senior

FS

Joseph Nicholson

Junior

CB

Christian Stallworth

CB

Kobie Ruffin

2016 schedule

Aug. 19

At Pascagoula

Aug. 26

GAUTIER

Sept. 2

At Harrison Central

Sept. 9

At Greene County

Sept. 16

LONG BEACH

Sept. 23

Open

Sept. 30

EAST CENTRAL

Oct. 7

VANCLEAVE

Oct. 14

At Pass Christian

Oct. 21

ST. STANISLAUS

Oct. 28

At Bay High

Roster

2 Omni Wells

3 Romello Leggins

4 Christian Stallworth

5 Amari Williamson

6 Devin Simpson

7 Justin Logan

8 La'nas Torrey

9 Anthony Kirkland

10 Jonavan Jackson

11 Jacolbian Franklin

12 Ryheim Walley

13 Kobie Ruffin

14 Matthew Young

15 Alton Williams

16 Keandre Booker

18 Carlos Matthews

20 Michah Williams

21 Tytus Miles

22 Joseph Nicholson

23 Antwone Booker

27 Javon Williams

29 Deovion Booker

32 Chris Edwards

36 Keshun Bowens

37 Alexis Vera

38 Jordan Alford

40 Calisto Wells

50 TeVaun Weatherspoon

51 Cory Oatis

52 Matthew Sellers

53 Jordan Turnipseed

54 Terrance Gains

55 Damari Wells

57 Geoffery Harmon

58 Marquis Peairs

59 Keiyonta Webbs

60 Camden Greer

61 Alex Gaines

62 Jaylen Jackson

63 Jaylen Rudolph

64 Michael Tapper

70 Tyler Hunnings

71 Tevin Fairley

73 Elias Clausell

75 Antwoine Bailey

80 Desmond Harris

81 Jonathan Covan

87 Lashaun Coleman

88 Rayshon Marcel

91 Dante Barnes

92 Dewanye Sipp

94 Lajulian Craig

98 Ashton Hartfield

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