Picayune was without starting quarterback Brady Roberts in the game, but in stepped sophomore back-up, Darnell Smith and he shined in his first start for the Maroon Tide. Smith ran for a pair of touchdowns from 56-yards and 32-yards out, and finished with 162 yards rushing in the win.
Dante Dowdell also chipped in a 56-yard scoring scamper in the win for the Tide, and Chris Davis added a 12-yard touchdown run.
East Central’s only touchdown came on a 35-yard scoring strike from quarterback Andrew Marble to Grey Bradley. Ben Myrick also added a 30-yard field goal in the second period, that at that point put ECHS up 10-7.
Bradley ran for 121 yards to pace the Hornets rushing attack.
In another Region 4-5A play Friday night, Vancleave beat homestanding George County 29-22 at Gill-Martin Stadium for the Rebels’ Homecoming. Bulldog standout senior tailback John Peterson ran for a pair of long touchdowns in the first half, one from 77-yards out and one from 52-yards out, as VHS bounced back from it’s only loss of the season to Picayune last week and moved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Vancleave also got a 3-yard touchdown jaunt from Hunter Harper and quarterback Hunter Parker tossed an 18-yard touchdown toss to Layton Eder.
George County sophomore quarterback Deuce Knight accounted for all three of the Rebels’ scores, as he scampered 56-yards for one touchdown and 26-yards for yet another and he also hit Brenn Moody on an 8-yard scoring pass.
The Rebels fall to 0-6 overall for the first time since 2012 and stand 0-3 in region play.
Elsewhere, Gautier quarterback Kaden Irving accounted for four touchdowns, throwing for two and running for a pair, and Dillion Alfred returned a kickoff for 75 yards and a touchdown as the Gators knocked off visiting West Harrison 48-19.
This moves the Gators to a perfect 3-0 in league play and the fifth straight win for Gautier moves the Gators to 5-1 overall.
Also, Pearl River Central beat Long Beach in a battle of previously winless teams.
In Class 4A, Pass Christian rallied to beat visiting Moss Point 21-20 dropping the Tigers to 0-7 for just the second time in 70 years but the first time since 2013.
Also, Stone beat Greene County 26-14 to take over first place in region 8-4A
In Class 1A, Resurrection fell to Bay Springs 48-7..