Several of Friday’s games resulted in the phrase “first time in a long time” being thrown around.
The No. 5 Hancock Hawks knocked off then-No. 10 Biloxi 21-19 to secure a home playoff game in Kiln for the first time since 1990. The revved up fan base even draped the Brett Favre statue — which welcomes fans to Brett Favre Field — with an “#ourtime” t-shirt.
“There’s no feeling like it,” said linebacker Trenton Ladner after his Hawks (8-2) got a goal line stand on a two-point attempt to secure the win. BHS (3-7) fell out of the Top 10 with the defeat.
Not far from Kiln, Pass Christian picked up its own historic win by knocking off rival St. Stanislaus 30-7. In addition to jumping Pass Christian (5-5) back into the Sun Herald’s rankings at No. 9, the Pirates also secured their first home playoff game since 2002.
“This week they came to play. They put their hearts on the line tonight,” PCHS coach Casey Wittmann said. “Now we’ve got a home game. We haven’t had one since 2002. The whole town will be excited. It’s a fun time to be in the Pass.”
The loss sent No. 10 SSC (5-5) on the road to open the Class 4A playoffs.
No. 1 Poplarville also made a bit of school history Friday. With the Hornets’ 58-20 win over Lawrence County, Poplarville (10-0) secured the school’s third undefeated season — and its first since 1972.
No. 8 St. Martin kept its playoff hopes alive Friday with a big 28-10 victory over Pascagoula. If the Yellow Jackets can find a way into the playoffs this Friday, it will be the first time for the program to make the post-season since 2003.
“We're hoping everything goes right and we win out,” said St. Martin’s Ham McGee.
More ranked outcomes
In other ranked action Friday:
▪ No. 2 East Central (9-0) capped an undefeated regular season with a 62-7 win over Vancleave.
▪ No. 3 Picayune (8-2) cruised past Gautier 56-21.
▪ Even with starting quarterback T.Q. Newsome sidelined, No. 4 Gulfport (7-3) topped Ocean Springs 35-6 to clinch the Region 4-6A title.
▪ Offensive standout Kentrell McCray and all-around playmaker Enrique Whaley helped lead No. 6 Stone (6-3) past Pearl River Central 31-6.
▪ No. 7 Long Beach (6-4) started fast in its Thursday night showdown against Hattiesburg but couldn’t sustain its early success, falling 48-19.
Four of the Coast’s ranked 4A schools open the playoffs this week as Poplarville hosts Northeast Lauderdale, St. Stanislaus travels to McComb, Pass Christian welcomes Florence and East Central hosts Lanier.
The rest of the Coast’s ranked schedule includes Gulfport at Biloxi, D’Iberville at St. Martin, Hancock at Pascagoula, Pearl River Central at Picayune and Stone at Long Beach.
Sun Herald Top 10
1. Poplarville (30)
2. East Central (27)
3. Picayune (24)
4. Gulfport (21)
5. Hancock (18)
6. Stone (15)
7. Long Beach (11)
8. St. Martin (9)
9. Pass Christian (7)
10. St. Stanislaus (3)
Dropped out: Biloxi (0; 3-7; 10)