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St. Martin must beat D'Iberville to secure a trip to the state playoffs

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St. Martin coaches were painting the football field at Joe Barlow Stadium in preparation for Friday's big showdown with D'Iberville.

Coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead has resurrected a St. Martin football program that had hit the skids for years.

That's no longer the case.

This is the first time since 2003 that St. Martin secured a winning season.

If St. Martin can upend the Warriors, the Yellow Jackets would crack the playoffs for the first time in ten seasons.

To accomplish that goal, coach Whitehead says his defense will have to battle in the trenches.

"The kids have bought into what we're doing. Give good effort and play hard on defense." He added,"That's what I'm most proud of, we give good effort on defense. We've got some small guys who get after you and they'll play four quarters."

Yellow Jackets junior linebacker Jamal Lydie leads the coast with 144 tackles and 5-foot-6, 170 pound senior linebacker Tristen Diddlemeyer has 92 tackles. He says coach Whitehead has made a huge difference since arriving at St. Martin three years ago.

"Big impact to the school. He changed the whole football program around. He's done a great job." 

D'Iberville presents a strong challenge with the likes of quarterback Jo Jo Warrick, running back Quantrell Reddix and fullback Robert Lamey.

St. Martin relies heavily on sophomore Tyler Polk. He leads the Mississippi Gulf Coast with 15-hundred-56 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns.  He also has three passing touchdowns.

Beat D'Iberville and the Yellow Jackets are in, lose and St. Martin would have to pull for Hancock to upset Harrison Central for the Yellow Jackets to claim the 4th and final playoff slot in Region 4-6A.

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