Patrick Magee

Week 6 provides plenty of football theatrics on Coast

Long Beach quarterback Jaidon Evans (3) is sacked by Pascagoula's Alden Davis (6) during the first quarter, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula.
Long Beach quarterback Jaidon Evans (3) is sacked by Pascagoula's Alden Davis (6) during the first quarter, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula. Special to the Sun Herald

If you wanted drama, the Coast's week six of the high school football season delivered.

There were three overtime contests and two others that came down to the game's final moments.

The Region 4-6A openers in Lucedale and St. Martin needed extra time to be decided.

Harrison Central (3-2, 1-0) won a 56-52 barn burner at George County with senior quarterback Tavis Williams running it into the end zone in the second overtime.

At St. Martin, the Gulfport defense made one last stand in the second overtime for a 42-35 win over the Yellow Jackets.

In Class 1A action, Resurrection pushed its record to 5-1 by preventing a two-point conversion in the first overtime of a 21-20 win at Escambia (Ala.) Academy.

The first four games of Region 4-6A competition are an indicator that parity should again be the story line for 2016. Three of the four contests could have easily gone either way.

Ocean Springs (4-1, 1-0) may have provided the most dramatic moment of the night in 4-6A when Malcolm Magee found Austin Williams for a touchdown with nine seconds remaining. He also connected with Williams on the two-point conversion to hand the Greyhounds a 36-35 win at Hancock, which led for much of the game.

The only decisive victory in 4-6A action belonged to D'Iberville, which topped Biloxi 37-13.

Gulfport (3-2, 1-0) pushed its region win streak to eight games Friday night, but the Admirals will be challenged each week the rest of the way. Just like last season, multiple playoff bids will likely be on the line entering the final week of the season.

George County (2-3, 0-1) and St. Martin (3-3, 0-1) suffered deflating losses at home Friday night, but they are two of the most explosive teams in the state on offense. If both teams can cut down on turnovers and improve on defense, they too can challenge for the region title.

While the beginning of Region 4-6A play provided plenty of excitement, Region 4-5A competition got off to a more predictable start.

The only surprising outcome was probably how dominant Stone High was in a 49-19 victory over Pearl River Central. It may have been predictable considering the Tomcats had to be overjoyed to finally play their first home game of the season in Perkinston.

Pascagoula (2-3, 1-0) again showed that it may have found its way with a 30-14 win over a Long Beach team that had played some of the best football on the Coast over the three previous weeks. The Panthers have their two senior running backs, Reginald Hunter and Javarious Walker, healthy and rolling over the competition. Walker and Hunter both cleared the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game.

Hattiesburg cruised past West Harrison 55-14 as expected and No.1 Picayune put it on Gautier 62-38 in the other two Region 4-5A openers.

Much of 8-4A took Friday night off with region play beginning this week, but East Central and Vancleave, which fell 25-3 to Northview, Fla., both took the field.

East Central had the other Coast game that was decided in the final moments, losing 34-27 at Purvis. The Hornets had a pass fall incomplete in the end zone on the game's final play, but junior running back Tony Brown kept up his nation-leading pace on the ground. He ran 41 times for 293 yards and four touchdowns to push his season totals to 186 carries for 1,687 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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