High School Sports

Coast football teams hit the gridiron Friday

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 Tavis Williams and the Harrison Central Red Rebels will host Gautier on Friday as part of a spring jamboree. Forrest County AHS and Vancleave will play at HCHS as well.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Tavis Williams and the Harrison Central Red Rebels will host Gautier on Friday as part of a spring jamboree. Forrest County AHS and Vancleave will play at HCHS as well.

Friday will be busy for most of the football teams across the Coast.

While the regular season is still more than three months out, a handful of South Mississippi football teams will conclude their spring seasons with jamborees.

Some schools have collaborated for larger jamborees: Picayune is hosting Long Beach, Hancock and Poplarville, starting at 6 p.m.; Vancleave will face Forrest County AHS at 6 p.m. at Harrison Central before the host plays Gautier.

Others will travel across the state Friday for a solo game: Bay hosts Resurrection; George County visits Wayne County; St. Martin heads to Forrest Hill. Gulfport and Pascagoula faced off last week, and West Harrison visited Northeast Jones on Thursday.

Other Coast schools will face off against Alabama: Moss Point travels to Alma Bryant (Ala.) on Friday, while East Central is set to visit Mary G. Montgomery High on May 19 and Ocean Springs will host Murphy.

Biloxi, Pearl River Central and St. Stanislaus are all going without spring games. D'Iberville will hold an intrasquad game at 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Moss Point Tigers

Moss Point coach Willie Brown has been pleased with the spring progress from his Tigers. For Moss Point, the spring was important so the Tigers could hit the ground running once summer workouts commence.

"We have a lot of young kids," he said with a pause. "A Lot of young kids. We're just trying to find a place for them and what they do best.

"That's the biggest thing so we can get started during the summer."

Brown singled out regulars Omni Wells and Romello Leggins as spring standouts.

Harrison Central Red Rebels

Casey Cain's bunch has had a full year under the head coach. Cain said he's seen progress from his bunch, but the spring wasn't all fun and games as the Red Rebels were looking to find replacements for 28 seniors, including 15 starters.

"The biggest thing is to see how we progressed during the offseason," Cain said Thursday. "We're basically just trying to figure what areas we need to work on."

Cain has continued to see progress out of dynamic quarterback Tavis Williams.

The rising senior threw for 1,6110 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 746 and eight scores in Cain's first season.

"He has matured at the QB position," Cain said. "He's understanding the offense a lot better and his reads. He's really progressing."

Williams has caught the attention of recruiters this offseason, landing offers from Jackson State, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana. He'll have his work cut out for him over the coming months as the Rebels look to break in a whole new group of starting receivers.

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