High School Sports

Defense lifts Warriors past George County

D'IBERVILLE-- D'Iberville made a defensive stop in the final minute to defeat George County 35-28 in Friday night football at Warrior Stadium.

The Warriors (4-4) joined Harrison Central and St. Martin as 2-1 teams in Region 4-6A, one game behind first-place unbeatens Gulfport and Ocean Springs, who both stand at 3-0.

George County (4-3, 0-3) faced fourth and two at its own 38-yard-line, but Rebels quarterback LaRaymond Spivery was stopped a yard short of making the first down with 1:06 left in regulation.

"It's a big win for us," D'Iberville coach Buddy Singleton said. "We hadn't been playing good defense lately, and it was a play we needed to make for us to win. We still have a shot at the playoffs."

The Warriors' clutch play complemented the strong performance from quarterback Jacquelle Green, who had 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. He rushed for 197 yards and two TDs, passing for 124 yards and two more scores. Green's numbers would've been higher if not for a 100 yard interception return negated by sideline interference four minutes into the game.

"We came out ready to play," Green said. "Winning this game meant a lot. Our goal is to win the rest of our Region games."

D'Iberville led 7-0 after the first quarter as Green threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Ty Peters.

The Rebels cut the gap to 7-6 on Khalil Burns' 30 yard touchdown run, but missed the game-tying extra point try.

D'Iberville scored two touchdowns, increasing its lead to 21-6 with 55 seconds left before halftime.

Peters scored on a 10-yard TD run. Green and DJ Polk connected on a 57 yard TD play. Green's two-point conversion run made it 21-6 with 55 seconds left in the first half.

George County, however, answered 16 seconds later. Tyrese Fryfogle's 80 yard TD run and LaRaymond Spivery's 2-point conversion brought the Rebels within 21-14 at halftime.

D'Iberville went 99 yards on its opening drive of the second half, capped by Green's one-yard TD run for a 28-14 Warriors lead.

Spivery's one yard TD run cut the Warriors gap to 28-21.

Green responded with a 19 yard TD run as Warriors led 35-21.

Burns' three-yard TD run closed third with Rebels trailing 35-28. He finished with 115 yards rushing for the Rebels.

D'Iberville's defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and held on for the victory.