St. Martin running back Hamm McGee wasn’t ready to give up the Yellow Jackets’ playoff chase.
The junior ran for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets thumped Biloxi 31-3 on Friday night at Joe Barlow Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 1-3) won their first Region 4-6A contest of the season, but still face an uphill climb to reach the 6A state playoffs.
“Everybody thought Biloxi would come out and run over us,” McGee said. “I think they let their guard down. I feel that we’re headed in the right direction.”
Biloxi (2-6, 2-2) led 3-0 at halftime, but was outscored 31-0 in the second half.
McGee’s four yard TD run gives Yellow Jackets a 7-3 lead two minutes into the second half. The Indians fumbled at their nine, setting up St. Martin’s short scoring drive.
Biloxi tried to answer but Suddeth’s pass on fourth and 12 at St. Martin’s 35 fell incomplete.
From there, St. Martin took control. McGee’s 12 yard TD run put the Yellow Jackets up 14-3 after three quarters.
The Yellow Jackets scored 17 fourth quarter points to complete the scoring.
Dylan Hughes 10 yard interception return for TD, Gomez’s 32 yard field goal and McGee’s 16 yard TD run were the fourth quarter scores.
“We’ve been down three weeks and we had a rough week of practice,” St. Martin coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead said. “I told the team we had enough talent to make the playoffs. We needed to come together.”
Cade Ganey’s 22 yard field goal gave the Indians a 3-0 halftime lead.
St. Martin had two chances to take the lead at halftime. Gomez’s 30 yard field goal was wide right, keeping the Indians ahead by three.
The Yellow Jackets went to a hurry-up offense to close the half, reaching Biloxi’s 36. Gomez’s 53 yard field goal attempt fell a few yards short as time expired.