A pair of highly-ranked teams in the “Super 7 in the Southern 6” Poll face off at Lee-Triplett Stadium in Pearl River County this week when Picayune hosts Ocean Springs.
The big game has been dubbed this week’s “Kneed to See” Game of the Week sponsored by Bienville Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Center. The Maroon Tide is ranked number one in our weekly poll and the Greyhounds follow closely behind in the third spot.
Both the Maroon Tide and Greyhounds stand at 3-1 after four weeks of play. This marks the 23rd all-time meeting between these two teams on the gridiron and the renewal of the series after an 11 year layoff. Picayune is expected to be without the services of Dandy Dozen senior standout tailback Chris Davis due to an injury.
This, however, is just the fifth time the teams have faced off in the past 30 years. Although they aren’t really familiar foes, each team is amidst perhaps the best span ever on the football field for either team, as Picayune is the two-time defending back-to-back Class 5A state champs and the Greyhounds have won 28 out of their past 30 regular season games.
The Maroon Tide are the two-time defending back-to-back Class 5A state champions but have moved up to Class 6A after classification expansion by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. The Greyhounds, who played for the Class 6A South State championship last season, also moved up a classs due to expansion and now plays in the new Class 7A.
The sports medicine staff at Bienville/Encore Rehanb has covered Ocean Springs and many other high schools in the “Southern Six” for almost three decades now. And one of the physicians helping provide that stellar sports medicine coverage is Dr. Matt Lewis, M.D.
Dr. Lewis joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in 2015. Prior to joining Bienville, Dr. Lewis completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, MS. Dr. Lewis completed his residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mississippi College.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Fellowship: (Sports Medicine) Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Jackson, MS
- Residency: (Orthopaedic Surgery) University of Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, MS
- Sports Medicine
- Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs, MS
- Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, MS
- Merit Health, Biloxi, MS
- George Regional Hospital, Lucedale, MS
- Memorial Surgery Center at Cedar Lake, Biloxi, MS
- Bienville Surgery Center, East Lake, MS