HATTIESBURG-- Skylar Bowman didn't know if he was going to make it to the end zone. He did and it was the eventual game winner.
Bowman scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and then ran in the game winning two-point conversion with 15 seconds left to lift Picayune past Hattiesburg 28-27 in a
thriller at D.I. Patrick Stadium on Friday night.
"We made some big runs and big plays on the last drive when we needed too," said Picayune coach Dodd Lee. "Skylar is a experienced kid and I was worried if he was
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going to grow up and tonight he showed it and hopefully tonight he got over the hump."
Down 27-20, the Maroon Tide got the ball with 6:49 left in the game and went 69 yards in 17 plays that was capped by Bowman's 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper up the middle.
On that final drive Picayune converted two fourth downs.
"I am in loss of words right now," Bowman said. "Coached called me at the end and told me if I could get in the end zone and I wouldn't have done without my team."
Bowman finished the night 4-of-7 passing for 93 yards and connected with V.J. Holt on a 33-yard touchdown pass to give the Maroon Tide a 13-7 lead with 2:37 left in the second quarter.
"I just really stepped up to help the team," Bowman said. "This is a big road win for us especially in division."
The Maroon Tide (4-3, 3-0 Region 4-5A) pounded the Tigers with its heavy ground game.
Picayune had 453 yards of total offense, 360 of that came on the ground.
David Baker led the rushing attack with 126 yards on 19 carries and had a 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Maroon Tide a 20-13 lead with 10:25
Josh Little added 89 yards rushing and had a 30-yard touchdown run for the game's first score before the leaving the game with a injury late in the first half.
"The kids just wanted it more tonight," Lee said. "We were beat up, had some guys out and had kids get hurt in the game."
Running back Fabian Franklin had 112 yards rushing with two touchdown runs to lead Hattiesburg. He had a 26-yard run in the first quarter and a 70-yard run in the
Quarterback Julian Conner had 113 yards passing with a touchdown and a interception for the Tigers (6-2, 2-1).
"They made plays and their quarterback did a great job managing the final drive," said Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance. "We had plenty of chances to stop them and didn't."