Biloxi quarterback Brodie King returned to the starting lineup Friday night and what a return it was.
King threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns as Biloxi romped past Pascagoula 52-28 in a key Region 4-6A game that was also Biloxi’s homecoming.
King, a senior, was injured on the second series of the season opener against St. Stanislaus.
Biloxi stays alive in the playoff race at 3-2 in 4-6A and is 3-6 overall. Pascagoula fell to 3-6, 1-4.
“It feels good to be out here with my guys and playing and having fun,’’ King said. “I am blessed. We had some good blocking up front and we have some talented receivers.’’
King hit Jervin Smith with a 22-yard TD pass on Biloxi’s first drive and later hooked up with Monroe Stewart on a 25-yard TD pass on Biloxi’s first drive of the second half. He completed 15 of 25 passes. Stewart caught 6 passes for 103 yards and Smith had 4 catches for 67 yards.
Kenyatta Harrell added 187 rushing yards on 27 carries and scored on runs of 1, 28 and 23 yards in the second half. Donte Starks scored two first-half touchdowns on runs of 13 and 5 yards.
Cade Ganey hit a 39-yard field goal and seven extra points.
“He (King) is a really good player and what a lot of people don’t understand is we built our offense around him in the spring and the summer,’’ Biloxi coach Bobby Hall said. “We lost him on the second series (in the opener).
“He is a returning starter with experience and has a lot of savvy and is a coach’s son and he is a winner. You can’t replace a guy like that.
“We started the game and they (Pascagoula) had 11 people on the line, so I told Coach King we would throw it every down if they keep doing that.’’
Pascagoula tied the game at 7 on James Williams’ 87-yard kickoff return. But Biloxi built a 21-7 halftime lead.
Dalvin Abney rushed for 130 yards on 21 carries. He had a 24-yard TD run in the second half.
Backup quarterback Slade Mink threw TD strikes of 19 yards to Travis Watson and 3 yards to Charlies Myles.
Biloxi travels to Hancock next week and the win Friday keeps the Indians as a playoff contender with two games to go. Hall didn’t want to dwell on the playoff picture.
“All we want to do is win a football game,’’ Hall said. “That’s all. We’re just thinking about Hancock now.’’