Hattiesburg’s double threat offense proved to be too much for West Harrison as the Hurricanes fell to the Tigers 55-14 in Gulfport on Friday night.
The Tigers running backs punched out 379 rushing yards on the night, jabbing at the middle of the line and rounding the corners for power sweeps that the Hurricane’s defense could not slow down. And the Tigers were also effective with the pass, completing 8 of 13 for 178 yards.
The Hurricanes turned the ball over three times on the night, and the Tigers capitalized. During a one and a half minute stretch of the third quarter, the Tigers put up two touchdowns. The second touchdown followed a Hurricane’s fumble on the kickoff, which gave the Tigers excellent field position at the Hurricane’s 26-yard line. Fabian Franklin broke free in front of the Tigers’ bench for the 26-yard touchdown carry, which gave the Tigers a 48-14 lead.
“You just can’t give a good team extra opportunities,” said Hurricane’s coach Tracy Rogers. “We gave them the ball three extra times.
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“We moved the ball fairly well offensively,” added Rogers. “We had them third and long sometimes and gave up the big play. We’re a young team just trying to grow up week by week.”
The Hurricanes scored two first-half touchdowns, the first at the midway mark of the first quarter as Dalyn Anderson broke free for a 65-yard quarterback keeper to put the game within reach at 14-7, but that was as close as the Hurricanes would get on the night.
The Tigers would answer with 20 points before the Hurricanes would score again. The Tigers scored on an 86-yard Fabian Franklin kickoff return late in the first quarter. A 39-yard pass from Julian Conner to D’Andre Humbles early in the second quarter extended the lead to 27-7, and a 28-yard carry by Jarod Conner gave the Tigers a 34-7 lead with just over 4 minutes remaining in the first half.
West Harrison then put together a 10-play 68-yard drive capped by a 22-yard pass from Anderson to J. Miller as the first half came to an end to close out the Hurricanes scoring on the night.
Hattiesburg put up three more touchdowns, two in the third quarter and another in the fourth quarter to close out the game’s scoring.
Franklin led Tigers’ rushers with 166 yards on 12 carries; Jarod Conner added 162 yards on ten carries.
The Tigers’ record improves to 4-2 (1-0, district), and they host Long Beach next week. The Hurricanes’ record stands at 1-4 (0-1, district) they will host Picayune next Friday night.