High School Sports

St. Martin, East Central combine to put up jaw-dropping numbers

The St. Martin and East Central football teams combined to put up up offensive numbers usually only seen in a video game Friday night.

St. Martin (3-2) won 63-55 in a non-region contest that ended a two-game skid for the Yellow Jackets and gave fans their money's worth.

St. Martin senior quarterback Wayne Overman and his star senior receiver, Kalem Reddix, put on a show via the air while East Central junior running back Tony Brown gashed the St. Martin defense all night for an impressive performance on the ground.

Overman completed 27 of 36 passes for 333 yards and seven touchdowns, a total that ties his career high. He also ran 15 times for 100 yards.

“It was crazy,” Overman said. “The offense had a good game, had everything working. We used our athletic ability to get the win. It was a great team win.”

Overman found Reddix constantly throughout the night and he finished with 13 catches for 214 yards and a stunning total of six touchdowns.

“That was crazy,” Reddix said. “I didn't know it was going to happen like that. We came out and worked hard.”

Reddix doubled his season total in touchdown receptions, giving him 12 for the year.

After losing to Picayune and Crestview, Fla., the two previous weeks, Reddix took the field with a simple form of motivation.

“I wanted that 'W.' I wanted it for my team,” he said.

Reddix caught his fifth touchdown of the game just 40 seconds in the second half, setting up the possibility of an even more mind-boggling total.

However, East Central kept fighting as well and showed that it could also put up up big numbers.

Brown ran 35 times for 401 yards and three touchdowns to set a new personal high for single-game yardage. He pushed his season totals to 1,394 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“He hits the hole and does a great job of staying behind his linemen and busting out,” St. Martin coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead. “It wouldn't surprise me if he rushed for 3,000 yards.”

East Central (3-2) had 535 yards total on the ground and 617 total.

“Thank God for our kids,” East Central coach Seth Smith said. “If we didn't have kids who fought like they fought we wouldn't even compete in these games. Our kids are the reason we're in a position to have a great year.

“(St. Martin is) a great team. The reason we scheduled them is because they're a Class 6A state contender. If we have a chance to beat them, we can compete with anybody in 4A. It's tough to lose, but it's extremely encouraging to watch how hard our kids play.”

Jessie Bradley ran nine times for 57 yards and two touchdowns for East Central and Ryan Evans added eight carries for 63 yards and a score.

East Central scored first on a 4-yard run by Devin Auvil, but St. Martin responded when Overman threw a 4-yard touchdown to Isaac Williams to regain the lead at 7-6 with 7:47 left in the first quarter.

Overman's next six touchdown passes were all to Reddix. They came at distances of 17, 41, 14, 3, 37 and 38 yards.

Williams also had a 27-yard touchdown run and Quan Walley ran it in from 18 yards out to give St. Martin the lead at 56-28 with 7:37 left in the third quarter.

That lead proved too much to overcome for Hornets, who travel to Purvis Friday.

St. Martin hopes they can keep the offensive momentum rolling next week as they prepare to host Gulfport to begin Region 4-6A competition.


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