GULFPORT — This highly anticipated battle between visiting Picayune and Gulfport takes place at historic Milner Stadium Friday night at 7 p.m.
And the contest has been selected as this week’s “Kneed to See” Game of the Week sponsored by Bienville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Center.
The reality hanging in the air in this contest is that at the end of the game, one team will walk off the field at 2-2 after four games.
Many thought these two top-ranked teams would be undefeated coming into this meeting, but that’s not the case as both stand at 2-1.However, the two losses suffered by these two squads came with a combined total of three points.
The Admirals, playing their fourth straight home game to open the season for the first time in at least 40 years, are coming off their first loss of the season in a close 23-21 decision to Madison Central. Picayune bounced back last week with a 42-7 thumping of D’Iberville after having its state-wid best 27-game winning streak stopped at home in Lee-Triplett Stadium by Catholic High High 36-35 the week prior.
This marks the ninth consecutive season that the Admirals and Maroon Tide have met on the football field, and Picayune has won four straight and six of the eight games since the series resumed in 2015. In a bit of an oddity, Gulfport has opened the season with three straight home games for the third time in 15 years. However, this appears to be the first time in at least 40 years that the Admirals have opened a season with four straight home games.
The game will feature the sports medicine staff from Bienville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Center on the sideline providing the best in athletic care to each team.
The total team, which includes physicians, certified athletic trainers and support staff, is over 30 people. Dr. Jeff Noblin and Dr. Robert Terrell were the founders of the program over 20 years ago.
Dr. Noblin joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in 1997 and is a co-founder and co-medical director of the Sports Medicine Center of Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists.
He completed a sports medicine fellowship with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs (1996-97), and has worked many time at the NFL combine that precedes the annual NFL draft each year.
He was an All-Southeastern Conference performer as a safety at the University of Mississippi in 1986 and honorable mention All American that same year. He earned academic All American in 1986.
He was the recipient of the SEC Scholar Athlete Award in 1986 and the recipient of NCAA and National Football Foundation Hall of Fame post-graduate scholarships that same year.
He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He served as the President of the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society from 2009 to 2010.
Dr.Noblin and Dr. Terrell were the innovators of a Saturday morning sports medicine clinic in Biloxi over 20 years ago that treated pep players from across the “Southern Six” for any injury issues the morning after the games on Friday night. That service, along with many others that the physicians and staff at Bienville and Encore Rehab and still continues to this day.