Week 3 of the high school football season certainly had several teams out to prove they belong among the Coast’s elite.
Harrison Central (2-0) and Picayune (2-0) were South Mississippi’s biggest winners Friday. The Red Rebels climbed four spots to share the second spot with Gulfport (2-1) this week after knocking off a potent Moss Point (2-1) team 21-7. The Maroon Tide, meanwhile, proved to be inhospitable hosts Friday, running past previously No. 3-ranked St. Martin 56-21. The Tigers slipped three spots to No. 8 this week, while the Yellow Jackets (2-1) fell six spots to No. 9.
“The Sun Herald said we were going to lose by two touchdowns,” star HCHS running back Keon Moore said, referring to a prediction in the weekly Sports Guys video. “We’re always the underdog so we’ve got to prove them wrong every week.”
Top-ranked St. Stanislaus (3-0) retained its perch atop the poll, but it wasn’t easy. The Rockachaws (3-0) actually trailed Long Beach (0-3) late before rallying for a 37-24 win.
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Gulfport remained second in the rankings after falling to a loaded De La Salle (La.) team 35-13.
No. 5 Stone (3-0) continued its hot start under new coach John Feaster, rolling Forrest County AHS 42-7, to move up two spots.
Petal bounced back from its previous loss at Gulfport by holding off No. 6 George County (2-1) 42-30.
After stumbling against a powerful Brandon team in the opener, No. 7 Ocean Springs (2-1) has won consecutive games. The Greyhounds defeated rival Pascagoula two weeks ago and then traveled to Hammond, Louisiana, and came home with a 31-8 victory. Those who weren’t at the game should head to Hudl.com and check out Austin Williams’ 90-yard touchdown from Friday. The Mississippi State commit’s score could hold up as one of the more remarkable touchdowns of the season.
No. 10 Poplarville rounded out South Mississippi’s ranked results. Running back Jesse Pernell helped the Hornets (2-1) boat race Lumberton 44-12.
Friday’s schedule includes George County at Pascagoula, Moss Point at Greene County, Crestview (Fla.) at St. Martin, Gulfport at Picayune, Harrison Central at Pearl River Central, St. Stanislaus at Brother Martin (La.) and Stone at Poplarville. Ocean Springs has a bye week before hosting Murrah on Sept. 16.
Sun Herald Top 10
Team Record Points PVS
1. St. Stanislaus (3-0) 30 1
T2. Gulfport (2-1) 22 2
T2. Harrison Central (2-0) 22 6
4. Picayune (2-0) 21 T8
5. Stone (3-0) 19 7
6. George County (2-1) 18 4
7. Ocean Springs (2-1) 11 10
8. Moss Point (2-1) 10 5
9. St. Martin (2-1) 7 3
10. Poplarville (2-1) 4 T8
Receiving votes: East Central (2-1; 1; RV)
Dropped out: None