High School Sports

Strong running back duo should power Pascagoula offense

The 2016 Pascagoula High School football team.
The 2016 Pascagoula High School football team. amccoy@sunherald.com

Pascagoula football coach Lewis Sims likes to point out that his team has lost 13 starters and has a lack of quality depth. But there’s no denying that the Panthers have one area where there’s no reason for concern — running back.

A pair of seniors, Reginald Hunter and Javarous Walker, have a chance to give Pascagoula the best one-two combination at running back on the Coast and possibly one of the better duos in the state.

Hunter has Tulane, Louisville and Louisiana-Lafayette on his list of scholarship offers after rushing 236 times for 1,364 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

Walker didn’t touch the field in 2015 due to an injury, but showed promise as a sophomore in 2014 with 471 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns.

With both players healthy, Sims likes what he has seen out of the pair in fall camp.

“Last year, we hitched the wagon to Reginald early and he handled that really well,” Sims said. “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to lead and to practice with purpose. He helps those guys around him by answering questions and being a go-to guy.

“It’s the same thing with Javarous. He’s focused 100 percent on doing the things he needs to do. He’s such a student of the game and able to absorb everything quickly. They feed off one another. It’s a we not me kind of deal.”

Junior Dalvin “Trey” Abney, a Moss Point transfer, and senior Demyreon Boyce will add depth to the Pascagoula ground game.

Defensive Panthers

Hunter and Walker are far from the lone top talents on the Pascagoula roster. Senior defensive tackle/offensive tackle James Jackson is a Mississippi State commit and senior defensive end Rasheed Jackson holds scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Jackson State and Nicholls State. The two linemen are cousins.

James Jackson, who will likely play on the defensive line at MSU, is listed at 6-foot-3, 345 pounds and Rasheed Jackson checks in at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.

QB situation

Sims isn’t quite ready to anoint senior Granlund Torjusen, who has seen significant playing time since his sophomore season, as his starting quarterback. He’s in a battle with junior Hunter Collins and Boyce, a senior.

“Each of them do different things well,” Sims said. “Each of them have aspects of their game where they need to improve. Whoever shows the most improvement over the next two weeks will get the start (on Aug. 19) vs. Moss Point.”

Whoever is at quarterback will work behind an offensive line led by James Jackson at one tackle and 6-foot-1, 266-pound Dalan Hurst at the other. Senior Mariko Harris and junior Ja’Lyric Molton will be at the two guards while the center spot if up for grabs. Andrew Summerlin also has a chance to play on the line.

Jason Crawford, Dwaylin Harris and Jarvis Walley are three seniors who will be expected to step up at receiver.

Defensive situation

While Rasheed Jackson will start at one defensive end, the other end is up for grabs with Jaeden Ridgeway, Landyn Gordon, Travis Watson and Kerry Houser all in the hunt.

James Jackson should see significant time at defensive tackle with several other players looking for playing time on the interior.

Seniors Alden Davis and Matt Inlow should lead a strong linebacking corps.

Pascagoula will have an entirely new secondary this season after losing all four starters from a year ago. Senior Adrian Johnson and juniors Jamarious Butler, Isiah Jackson, Latarrance Addison and Joe Biggs are all players who should see time in the defensive backfield.

At a glance

2015 record: 9-4

Region: 4-5A

Head coach: Lewis Sims

Assistant coaches: Casey Gilbert, Chad Coleman, Matt Cochran, John Tomes, Jeremy Cochran, Josh Bishop, Eric Hollis, Jaymie Smith, Kelly Davison, Kevin North, Johnny Zelenka, Larry Bates, Derek Read, Darryl Jones.

Offense: Multiple

Defense: Multiple

Pascagoula roster

2 Jason Crawford

3 Dwaylin Harris

4 Landon Gordon

6 Alden Davis

7 Dalvin Abney

8 Isiah Jackson

9 Rasheed Jackson

10 Reginald Hunter

11 Henry G. Torjusen

12 Damon McLaurin

13 Antonio Coleman

14 Javarous Walker

15 Hunter Collins

16 Devin Johnson

17 Jarvis Walley

18 Brantley Torjusen

21 Demyreon Boyce

22 Latarrance Addison

23 Adrian Johnson

24 Adam Panni

25 Anthony Stewart

26 Jamarious Butler

27 Jaquaise Biggs

28 Josh Knowles

29 Joe Biggs

30 Hunter Torjusen

31 Lavon Finley

35 Andrew Iuli

36 Seth Alexander

38 Kenneth Bardwell

39 Kerry Houser

41 Liston Long

42 Christian Montgomery

44 Matt Inlow

46 Charlie Myles

47 Spence Colmer

49 Matt Parker

50 Mariko Harris

51 Jacob Lawson

52 Jaeden Ridgeway

53 Jordan Kennedy

54 Chris Griffin

55 Ja'Lyric Molton

56 Jack Colmer

58 Jonathan Buie

59 Shawn McCuller

60 Jimmy Gammill

61 Jack Harrison

62 Jacob Black

63 Corey Wallace

64 Andrew Bond

66 Kendrew Robinson

68 James Jackson

69 Dalan Hurst

71 Andrew Summerlin

72 Tamaj Fairley

74 Elijah Salters

75 Jonathan Nelson

76 Fisher Guy

77 Cameron Moye

79 Kencala Walker

80 Arkelius Wilson

81 Conner McLeod

83 Nicholas Ruiz

85 Randall Moss

87 Travis Watson

88 Scott White

93 Victor Santa

Pascagoula schedule

Aug. 19

MOSS POINT

Aug. 26

OCEAN SPRINGS

Sept. 2

At D’Iberville

Sept. 9

GEORGE COUNTY

Sept. 16

Open

Sept. 23

LONG BEACH

Sept. 30

At Stone

Oct. 7

WEST HARRISON

Oct. 14

At Hattiesburg

Oct. 21

PEARL RIVER CENTRAL

Oct. 28

At Picayune

Nov. 4

At Gautier

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