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Sun Herald Top 10: Ocean Springs, Gulfport and St. Martin remain entrenched atop poll

 Gulfport quarterback Cleveland Ford delivered a late touchdown pass to receiver Alton Conerly on Friday to keep the Admirals undefeated in Region 4-6A.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Gulfport quarterback Cleveland Ford delivered a late touchdown pass to receiver Alton Conerly on Friday to keep the Admirals undefeated in Region 4-6A.

Week 9 was one to remember for nine of the Sun Herald's 10 ranked teams.

With the exception of East Central, the other nine ranked teams picked up wins Friday. Some victories were more convincing than others, but with the overall success, South Mississippi's rankings remained largely the same.

The Hornets (5-3), who lost to St. Stanislaus (5-3), slipped two spots to No. 10. The slide bumped D'Iberville (5-4) and Picayune (5-3) up to No. 8 and 7 respectively.

No. 1 Ocean Springs (7-1) continued its dominance on Friday with a 49-17 win over George County. They Greyhounds continue to play as complete of a game as anyone on the Coast. By himself, Isaiah Toler had an interception return for a touchdown and blocked a punt for a touchdown. Ocean Springs' tough defense is allowing less than 14 points per game.

Late-game heroics were needed by -- who else? -- Alton Conerly, but No. 2 Gulfport (6-2) squeaked out a 13-12 win over rival Harrison Central. The Red Rebels held Gulfport to its lowest offensive output of the season, but the Admirals still prevailed. Keeth Prince recorded an interception and Karlos Dillard had a team-high 15 total tackles.

No. 3 St. Martin (8-1) has eclipsed 40 points in eight games this season, including Friday's 49-14 win over Biloxi. Quarterback Wayne Overman III led the offensive performance, rushing for 158 yards and three and passing for 121 and a score.

No. 4 Pascagoula (6-2) picked up one of the more thrilling victories Friday, edging Hattiesburg 21-18. The win is the Panthers' fourth straight this season and snapped a seven-game skid against the Tigers.

Like a lot of Coast teams, No. 5 Pearl River Central (7-1) has been getting it done on both sides of the ball all season. Friday's 41-0 win against West Harrison was PRC's first shutout this season. PRC's usual standouts, Christian Roberts, Michael Tatman, Wyatt Davis and Hunter Holifield, all scored.

Is anyone going to score on No. 6 Resurrection (7-0) in region play? Class 1A's top team is riding a three-game shutout streak after blanking Sacred Heart 31-0 on Friday. The Eagles have allowed a whopping 24 points total this season and boast four shutouts.

In a crucial 8-4A showdown on Friday, No. 7 St. Stanislaus (5-3) strung enough scoring drives together to defeat a tough ECHS squad 49-35. Coach Bill Conides said the Rockachaws utilized the halfback screen for the first time this season and SSC hit several big plays off of the short passes. Quarterback Myles Brennan ended up throwing for 335 yards and five touchdowns to lead the region's air attack, but ECHS running back A.J. Davis still led the coast with 381 yards and four scores on the ground.

Friday marked the first time this season the No. 8 D'Iberville Warriors (5-4) picked up consecutive wins. The Warriors did so by thumping Hancock 44-14. Senior Jacquelle Green threw a touchdown and rushed for three more to lead D'Iberville.

No. 9 Picayune (5-3) continued its run through Region 4-5A with a 51-14 win over Stone on Friday. Without Josh Littles, the Maroon Tide relied on Blake Merrifield and David Baker to lead the rushing attack.

Up next

This week's slate will feature three Top 10 matchups: No. 3 St. Martin travels to No. 1 Ocean Springs, No. 5 Pearl River Central will welcome No. 4 Pascagoula and No. 2 Gulfport travels to No. 8 D'Iberville.

Other ranked teams in action include: No. 9 Picayune hosting Long Beach, No. 10 East Central at Bay High, Moss Point at No. 7 St. Stanislaus and Bogue Chitto at No. 6 Resurrection.