High School Sports

Fast start lifts Biloxi over Ocean Springs

Biloxi quarterback Tucker Thomas
Biloxi quarterback Tucker Thomas Jkjones@sunherald.com

A 16-point first quarter was the difference in Biloxi High’s 44-28 upset victory over Ocean Springs on Friday night at Indians Stadium.

Quarterback Tucker Thomas had 326 total yards and Nick Ross scored three touchdowns as Biloxi (4-2, 2-1 Region 4-6A) is now tied for first place with George County, D’Iberville, Gulfport and St. Martin. The Indians’ last playoff berth came in 2012.

“The fast start gave us confidence,” Indians coach Bobby Hall said. “Once we went up 16-0, we held on. Our guys have come so far. I’m so proud of them.”

Thomas, a D’Iberville transfer, finished with 176 yards rushing and 150 yards passing. He accounted for two touchdowns.

“The team accepted on the first day of spring drills,” Thomas said. “Our goal is to have a successful season and make the state playoffs.”

Biloxi dominated the first half, leading 16-0 after one quarter and 30-14 at halftime.

Biloxi took a 6-0 lead on Thomas’ 3-yard touchdown run. Thomas had a 69-yard run in the scoring drive.

The Indians padded their lead to 9-0 on Kevin Martinez’s booming 50-yard field goal.

Biloxi closed the quarter as Thomas hit De’Angelo Mayers on a 14-yard touchdown pass to lead 16-0.

Malcolm Magee’s 3-yard touchdown run cut the Indians’ lead to 16-7 two minutes into second quarter.

Biloxi answered on Nick Ross’ 3-yard touchdown run for a 23-7 lead.

Elijah Burris’ 1-yard touchdown for the Greyhounds (4-3, 1-2) make it 23-14.

Biloxi ended the first half on a high note as Ross’ 3-yard touchdown run gave the Indians a 30-14 lead.

Ross’ 1-yard touchdown put the Indians up 37-14 in the second half. Magee’s 50-yard touchdown run brought Ocean Springs within 37-21.

Biloxi made it 44-21 on Kenyatta Harrell’s 19-yard touchdown run.

Ocean Springs closed the scoring with 3:44 left as Magee hit Alex Brechbiel on an 18-yard touchdown pass to get within 44-28.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones