PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Dodd Lee has coached the Picayune Maroon Tide for 18 seasons and in those 18 seasons, 15 trips to the state playoffs.
Lee knows what it takes to win a state championship, his 2011 Maroon Tide rolled past Starkville 38-21 to win-it-all.
In this day and age of the spread offense, coach Lee continues to run a multiple offense, relying on the run first and surprising defenses with the pass. Lee says he likes his offense, an offense that can find the end zone consistently.
"We're averaging 485-500 yards per game and we're averaging about 46 points per game you know I kind of like our offense." He added," We can prepare for spread but it's hard to simulate what we do for other teams. I think it's tougher for them to simulate for us to simulate them."
Picayune opened the season on the road at Petal and got involved in a track meet with the Panthers. Petal would prevail 61-58. You would have thought it was going to be a long season for the Maroon Tide. Not so. Lee would continue to do what his team does best... run the football, dominate the time of possession and he fine tuned the defense.
Since jumping into the 5A State Playoffs the Maroon Tide have dominated the opposition. This past Friday Picayune eliminated Wayne County 31-14 and beat West Jones 48-14 on November 15.
The Picayune-Laurel winner advances to the 5A State Championship game in Jackson on December 7th facing the Oxford-Callaway survivor.
WLOX will be in Laurel for the Friday Night Football Showdown. We'll have highlights and interviews at ten.