The George County High School football team began the Matt Caldwell era with a bang Friday night.
Senior quarterback LaRaymond Spivery put on a show as the Rebels rolled to a 42-14 victory over Gautier in the season opener in Lucedale.
Spivery completed 22-of-25 passes for 389 yards, four touchdowns and one rushing score.
“LaRaymond did a real good job of escaping when things broke down. He kept his eyes down field,” said Caldwell, who coached his first game at George County. “He was able to find guys who got open late. We got a few plays out of that.
“LaRaymond continues to progress and he's got pretty good targets to throw to.”
Senior receiver Tyrese Fryfogle put up big numbers, pulling in seven catches for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Fisher Ray, another senior, also had a pair of touchdown receptions.
Logan Tanner tacked on another rushing score for the Rebels, who host rival Greene County next Friday.
George County had 431 yards passing total and 107 yards on the ground.
The first quarter proved hard fought with the Rebels leading 14-7 after 12 minutes. The Rebels were in full control by halftime with a 28-7 advantage.
“We played pretty well to start the season,” Caldwell said. “I'm pleased with the effort. There are some things we can clean up on both sides of the ball.”