GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Eddie Pearce was forced into action as the Admirals head coach last season when Mike Justice suffered a heart attack. He preceded to win 7 consecutive games, guiding Gulfport atop the Region 4-6A ranks with a perfect record.
Pearce said,"You hate to do it under those circumstances but it did give me a chance to learn both sides of the ball, the kids on both sides and establish a relationship with them. It carried over into the spring practice and over into the summer until this morning."@
Overall the Admirals are coming off 8 wins and 4 losses and have a new quarterback who has loads of experience. Thad Miller transferred to Gulfport from Long Beach High, where he was the starting Bearcats quarterback.
"I think Thad has added another dimension to our team," stated Pearce. "He's a great leader and just a great kid and that meant a great deal because the kids accepted him when he got here in December and he's done a great job this summer."
Miller said,"I bring a big arm to Gulfport and I'm a pretty good decision maker. Hopefully that will work out real well for me."
Coach Pearce is going to use the talents of Miller, by unleashing a spread offensive attack, utilizing three of the top receivers in the state in Jevon and Rashard Floyd and Jonathan Nance.
Jevon Floyd said,"We already have in my mind the best wide receiving corps in the state and now we're putting another strong arm back there so basically the skies the limit. I don't see anybody going to stop us this year."
Defensively 6-foot-2, 250 pound senior defensive end Chris Johnson brings loads of talent to the starting lineup. He's quick and will also see some playing time at tight end.@
The Gulfport Admirals will scrimmage McComb for two quarters on August 16th at Milner Stadium.