The Gulfport High defense was impressive Friday night in a 15-12 victory over nationally ranked Petal.
The Admirals (2-0) stymied the Panthers offense a week after they beat Hattiesburg 56-42 in the season opener. Petal features one of the state’s top running backs in senior Stephon Huderson.
The Admiral who led the way on defense is the Sun Herald’s Defensive Player of the Week — senior linebacker Payton Williams.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound linebacker finished with 15 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
Williams has 23 tackles this season.