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Long Beach's Kevin Wayne passes Richie Brown as Bearcat tackles leader

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 Biloxi Long Beach defenders Kevin Wayne, left, and Mitchell McCaleb hit Biloxi running back Martel Turner during the first quarter of their Shrimp Bowl game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport on Aug. 21. Wayne recently became his school's career tackles leader.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Biloxi Long Beach defenders Kevin Wayne, left, and Mitchell McCaleb hit Biloxi running back Martel Turner during the first quarter of their Shrimp Bowl game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport on Aug. 21. Wayne recently became his school's career tackles leader. SUN HERALD

Long Beach has a new tackles leader.

Senior inside linebacker Kevin Wayne passed former Bearcat great and current Mississippi State standout Richie Brown on Saturday with a 19-tackle performance against Gautier.

Wayne has amassed 152 total tackles through nine games this season to give him 526 in his career, eclipsing Brown's career mark of 522.

"Kevin plays with a great nose for the ball," Long Beach coach Forrest Williams said. "He's just consistent. I think opposing offenses know they have to watch out for No. 22. He's always around the pile."

With three games left to play, the 5-foot-4, 183-pound Wayne could put distance between himself and Brown.

Wayne made a season-high 26 tackles in the Shrimp Bowl against Biloxi to set the pace for this season. The LBHS senior is Mississippi's current state leader in tackles, five ahead of Lloyd Star's Parker Flowers.

This year's success is nothing new for Wayne, who registered 106 tackles as a freshman, 113 as a sophomore and 155 last season.

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