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#2 ranked Pascagoula takes aim on #1 ranked Picayune on Thursday

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Defense and special teams are two big reasons for the Panthers success. Head coach Lewis Sims says defensive coordinator

Chad Coleman and his assistants are pulling the right strings in getting the players in position to make plays.

Sims said, "They've got those guys believing what they do and running to the football and just got to keep getting better everyday."

Defensive end Deric Daughtry is one of those Panthers who has a nose for the football.

He said his strong points are his pass rush using his speed and quickness, "As a team we just come off the ball real hard."

6-foot, 200 pound senior Stacey Warren can be classified as a super athlete. He plays quarterback, running back and linebacker. He leads the Panthers in rushing and in touchdowns and he consistently makes big defensive plays.

Warren stated, "I feel like I have nothing to lose. I just play like that."

Coach Sims knows Pascagoula faces a tough assignment in top-ranked Picayune.

He said, "Dodd Lee does a tremendous job., He and his staff getting those guys ready to play. They are a real physical ball club. They line up and play smash mouth football all at its best and you better be prepared and load it up when you play 'em."

The game could come down to a field goal and Pascagoula has one of the best in the state. Grant Warren can kick the long ball.

He drilled a 53 yard attempt two weeks ago and connected on a 42 yard last second field goal to beat Ocean Springs

Picayune will be without their sparkplug, running back Preston Dedeaux. He has a shoulder injury and will miss his second week. Dedeaux is the Maroon Tide leading rusher having banged out 747 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Look for Doug Cross, Desmond Taylor and Daveon Greene to take over. Combined they have rushed for 743 yards and 13 touchdowns.  They helped Picayune beat Gautier 63-14 this past Friday.

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