Long Beach claimed a 35-20 victory over Pearl River Central on Friday night in the Region 4-5A opener.
“Our kids saw that we can move the ball down the field and maybe we can find out what we need to be doing,” said Larry Dolan PRC head coach. “I was impressed with our effort. Long Beach just made some good plays.”
Late in the second half, the Blue Devils defense forced a number of Bearcat penalties and errors that boded well for the Blue Devils.
It seemed, however, like every time Long Beach had its back against the wall, the team came up with a huge play, including a pair of touchdown runs by Dennis Andrews for 39 and 37 yards in the second half.
The Blue Devils managed to squeak into a one-score deficit late in the game after punching in a one-yard run with 6:59 to go in the fourth, narrowing the deficit to 28-20 following a successful two-point conversion.
However, Long Beach returned with a 37-yard touchdown run to cement the win.
“Our road is only getting tougher, so we need to just understand that we can compete with these teams and I think they started to see that tonight,” Dolan said.
Quarterback Cameron Brunson also contributed with a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for PRC.
PRC will travel to Waynesboro next Friday to take on Wayne County at 7 p.m.