The 2016 high school football season on the Coast was expected to feature plenty of star power and the first Friday night of the season didn't disappoint with numerous impressive individual performances.
The player with possibly the most reason to celebrate on Saturday was St. Martin senior receiver Kalem Reddix, who picked up an offer from Colorado State following a big night in the 35-14 win over Poplarville. He pulled in six catches for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Reddix caught touchdown passes of 57, 22 and 85 yards.
His quarterback, Wayne Overman, completed 16 of 25 passes for 362 yards for three scores and ran for another touchdown.
St. Martin has a chance to put up video game numbers on offense in the coming weeks.
George County, which is a hot pick to have a breakout season in 2016, didn't disappoint in a 42-14 win over Gautier in Lucedale. Senior quarterback LaRaymond Spivery had probably the best night of any quarterback on the Coast, completing 22 of 25 passes for 389 yards, four touchdowns and also ran for a score.
George County senior receiver Tyrese Fryfogle, who holds offers from Idaho and Ole Miss, pulled in seven catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
When George County and St. Martin meet on Oct. 28 at St. Martin, it will be one of the best displays of skill position talent you'll see anywhere in the state.
St. Stanislaus also flexed its muscles on offense in a 34-10 win over Biloxi in the night cap of the Shrimp Bowl. Senior quarterback Myles Brennan, an LSU commit, completed 34 of 44 passes for 428 yards and five touchdowns. His two standout tight ends, Chase Rogers (a Tennessee commit) and Darius Pittman (a Western Kentucky commit), both cleared 100 yards receiving and caught a touchdown.
While SSC, George County and St. Martin put up huge numbers on offense, one of the best defensive performances of the opening week was by Gulfport in a 42-0 win over Long Beach.
Gulfport, which has nine starters back on defense, held what should be an improved Long Beach team to just 158 yards of offense. The Admirals also aren't lacking in talent on offense, giving them a chance to be the most complete team on the Coast this season.
Moss Point is back
Friday's most dramatic contest took place at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula, where Moss Point ended a five-game losing streak to arch rival Pascagoula, 18-13.
Senior quarterback Romello Leggins and senior running back Omni Wells both had outstanding games and senior linebacker Rayshon Marcel proved to be the MVP on defense with 14 tackles, including three for negative yardage.
Moss Point may not be loaded with Division I talent like the other top teams on the Coast, but the Tigers looked like a complete squad as it took down a Pascagoula team that has three players with Division I offers.
The most surprising outcome from Friday is likely Stone High's 49-6 victory at Vancleave. It's not that stunning that the Tomcats won, but the lopsided score was unexpected. Terrion Avery rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns for Stone, putting up the biggest yardage total on the ground on the Coast Friday.
D'Iberville, Picayune and Harrison Central join the fray next week after all three teams took the opening week off. The first Friday of the season gave us a glimpse at what's to come, but we'll get a more complete picture next week.