LYMAN – Feeling overlooked and disrespected, the Harrison Central football team took down another tough Class 4A opponent Friday night.
In a game that was tied 0-0 at halftime, the Red Rebels pulled away in the second half for a 21-7 victory over Moss Point to push their record to 2-0.
“Defensively, we played outstanding,” Harrison Central coach Casey Cain said. “A lot of people had a lot of doubt because we gave up 40 (in a 53-40 win at McComb) last week. We had a fumble recovery for a touchdown (in the McComb game) and we did play some young guys late. I really feel defensively we improved from game one to game two.”
The Red Rebels made big plays in all areas of the game, including a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown by Logan Virgilio with 11:17 remaining in the game to give the Red Rebels the lead for good at 14-7.
Keon Moore was the workhorse for the Red Rebels on offense, carrying the ball 22 times for 178 yards and a touchdown. Moore's 6-yard run with 8:16 left in the third quarter made it 7-0.
“The Sun Herald said we were going to lose by two touchdowns,” Moore said. “We're always the underdog so we've got to prove them wrong every week.”
Moss Point had a quick response when senior quarterback Romello Leggins found Tytus Miles deep down field for a 63-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 at the 7:57 mark of the third quarter.
Virgilio's big punt return put all the momentum on the Harrison Central sideline and quarterback Tavis Williams put the game to rest with a 6-yard run with 2:55 remaining.
Moss Point lineman Cory Oatis took a hit to the neck late in the game. The senior was carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance. Moss Point coach Willie Brown said that Oatis was expected to be fine and the decision to take him to a hospital was a precautionary move.
Moss Point, which drops to 2-1, travels to Greene County next week.