GULFPORT – West Harrison got a dry run of sorts out of the way Friday night. Despite heavy rainfall throughout South Mississippi over Thursday and Friday, the Hurricanes hosted a joint jamboree against Class 1A Lumberton and Class 2A Newton, with each team's varsity facing off for a quarter.
Lumberton surged ahead late to top WHHS 12-7 in the opener, while Newton scored early and held on for a 7-0 victory.
“The biggest thing is we wanted to come out, clean up some mistakes and get out the first-game jitters,” first-year coach Tracy Rogers said. “That was the big thing. We had some mistakes here and there but found some guys who can play in some spots.”
Running back Zavion Pride saw plenty of action Friday. He caught a 38-yard screen on third-and-long in the first game to help set up his 7-yard touchdown run. Against Newton, Pride rushed five times for 15 yards.
“He's a work horse. The kid runs hard every play and works hard,” Rogers said. “We just have to get to where we can throw the ball a little bit and help him out.”
New quarterback Dayln Anderson flashed some potential Friday, making some plays with his feet and throwing a couple nice passes down field. He finished the two games with 63 yards passing.
“He threw some good balls and then made some 10th-grade mistakes,” Rogers said. “He made some great plays and then 10th-grade mistakes. Those are just growing pains.”
West Harrison's defense also flashed some promise, specifically in the secondary.
Devon Minner intercepted a long pass down the Lumberton sideline in the first game, ranging over from his safety spot and plucking the ball out of the air.
Kadarrius Taite came up big in the second game, diving to intercept a pass over the middle in the red zone as time expired.
“(The secondary) is going to be a good group once we get everybody in the right position. I guess you could say that's our oldest position,” Rogers said. “Most everywhere we're sophomores and juniors. We do have some seniors in the secondary so that should be a strength back there.”
West Harrison officially opens the Tracy Rogers Era on Aug. 19 against Bay.
Wingfield 14, D’Iberville 9
The Warriors broke in their new offense Friday at Wingfield. Quarterback Jamir Jamison scored on a 1-yard run and kicker Brady Groce converted a 28-yard field goal.
DHS will open its season Aug. 26 at home against Picayune.