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Bobby Hall looks to make Biloxi football fun again

The 2016 Biloxi Indian football team will look to take a step forward in Year 2 under coach Bobby Hall. The Indians won three games in 2015.
The 2016 Biloxi Indian football team will look to take a step forward in Year 2 under coach Bobby Hall. The Indians won three games in 2015.

Last season was not fun. Not remotely.

The Biloxi Indians won their first game under legendary high school football coach Bobby Hall, but stumbled to a three-win season.

Back for more in 2016, Hall is determined to prove that last season was merely a fluke and that this year’s team is the real Indians squad he envisioned when he moved south from Madison Central.

Admittedly, Hall has toned down his expectations a bit from a year ago, when he predicted the Indians would go from worst in Region 4-6A to first. He hasn’t however, stopped believing in his squad.

“We're going to fling it around a lot. We're still going to run the ball, but we're going to fling it around a lot, too,” Hall said. “This is what I tell people: We're actually going to have a football team that's going to be fun to watch. I really believe that.”

In an effort to make football fun again at Biloxi, Hall is opening up his offense a bit. He has run a triple option from under center in 30 of his 32 seasons as a high school head coach. With former D’Iberville backup quarterback Tucker Thomas running the offense, Hall has opted to move Thomas into the shotgun to better showcase his versatility.

Hall compared the new iteration of his offense to what new Tulane coach Willie Fritz brought with him from Georgia Southern.

“He's going to give us lots of options as a quarterback because he can beat you with his feet and his arm,” Hall said of Thomas. “He weighs 190 pounds, so he's a physical kid.

“He’s almost tailor made for this (offense).”

More playmakers

It also helps that Thomas will have a number of potential playmakers around him. Go-to receiver Tim Jones is back for his senior season, fresh off of catching 137 passes for 2,107 yards and 22 touchdowns the last two seasons.

“Tim is a really good football player who can do a lot of things,” Hall said. “He’s a big bodied guy at 6-2, 190 (pounds).”

Taking pressure off of Jones will be basketball standout Fred Ramsey-Thompson, who is swapping his hightops for cleats for the first time in several years.

“Fred's out here and Fred makes a difference,” Hall said of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver. “He's getting better. He's a big ole body that you can put in the slot. He has really good hands — like all basketball players. Fred is a guy who gives us another weapon.”

Hall is also excited about returning running backs Nick Ross and Martel Turner. Ross missed all of 2015 due to injury and Turner only played in seven games, rushing for 561 yards and three touchdowns.

“We're considerably better. We're going to be really, really explosive offensively,” Hall said. “We have two good running backs, we have a good quarterback and we have a freak wide out.

“In my experience in high school football, if you have those guys you can give people heart burn.”

Biloxi’s projected starters across the offensive line include returners Nick Tibilier and Alexis Galle, plus Noah Griffith, Blair Ashley and Ethan Myers.

Defensive outlook

Hall’s Indians improved its scoring defense from the year before, cutting down its total points against from 426 to 311.

“I thought Coach (Katlan) French did a masterful job with those guys, I just didn't think we did anything to help them offensively,” Hall said.

Hall has high hopes for a veteran defensive secondary that includes Jiles Bradfield and Brodie King at cornerback and Tyler Price and De’Angelo Mayers at the two safety positions.

Price is the team’s top returning tackler with 102 as a junior. He also defended three passes and two forced fumbles.

“He's a really good player,” Hall said. “Really fast and physical.”

Biloxi’s multiple defense also uses “Indian” and “Shark” positions, which are linebacker/safety hybrids that will be manned by Brandon Walker and Matthew Boudroux.

Linebackers A.C. Crouse and D.J. Smith are slated to start for Biloxi, with Blayr Case, Sawyer Denton and Skyler Talavera manning the trenches.

“We're going to have really good speed and change of direction skills with those guys,” Hall said. “We are going to be young in some places, but they're good players.”

Reason for optimism

Biloxi opens its season Friday against St. Stanislaus in the annual Shrimp Bowl. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

The Indians will then host Tate (Fla.) on Aug. 26 and travel to Northshore (La.) and Gautier in successive weeks. Biloxi will have a bye week Sept. 16 before opening its Region 4-6A schedule Sept. 23.

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At a glance

2015 record: 3-8

Region: 4-6A

Head coach: Bobby Hall

Assistant coaches: David King, Katlan French, Justin Moss, Joey St. Amant, Zach Green, Recardo Hines, Patrick Mooneyham, Micheal Reese and Nick Brett.

Offense: Multiple

Defense: Multiple

2016 schedule

Aug. 19 ST. STANISLAUS

Aug. 26 TATE (FLA.)

Sept. 2 At Northshore (La.)

Sept. 9 At Gautier

Sept. 16 Bye

Sept. 23 At D’Iberville

Sept. 30 At Harrison Central

Oct. 7 OCEAN SPRINGS

Oct. 14 ST. MARTIN

Oct. 21 At George County

Oct. 28 HANCOCK

Nov. 3 At Gulfport

Biloxi roster

2 Tucker Thomas

4 Tim Jones

5 Nick Ross

6 Jiles Bradfield

7 Martel Turner

9 Fred Ramsey-Thompson

10 Brodie King

11 Bradley Dahl

12 Mondre Stewart

13 Kevin Martinez

14 Brandon Walker

15 Kenyatta Harrell

16 Riko Carter

17 Nick Patterson

18 Jordan Montgomery

19 Matthew Boudroux

20 De’Angelo Mayers

21 Tyler Price

22 Anthony Crouse

24 Kameron Suddeth

25 Dajour Brown

26 Kaliel Harris

27 Sukrani Blakley

28 David Smith

29 Chase Nadolski

30 Nathan Smith

31 Joshua Burris

32 Rondarius Turner

34Asonti Hall

35 Joseph McArdle

36 Dontavius Proby

37 Stephan Davis

38 Michael Clemons

40 Daryll Henderson

41 Brennan Hilliard

42 Xazaiver Goudy

43 Antonio Elliet

44 Darrell Rankin

46 Brandon Williams

47 Chris Barnes

48 Jason bates

49 Noah Griffith

51 Johnathan Golden

52 Blayr Case

53 Sawyer Denton

54 Skyler Talavera

55 Alexis Galle

56 Moses Feagin

58 Jaden Crouse

61 Robert Bickel

62 Alex Delgado

63 Blarington Ashley

64 Dylan Henle

68 Nick Tiblier

70 Sammy Gaines

71 Ryan Spiers

73 Mason Hein

74 Jeremiah Magee

76 Nathan Rains

77 Evan Ott

78 Christion Magee

79 Ethan Myers

80 Mac Smith

81 Destin Billings

82 Dexter Johnson

84 Solomon Kelley

86 Kendreis Smith

88 Cameron Wilson

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