St. Martin wins 7-on-7 football tournament at Harrison Central High School

LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Stone High School ran off 3 wins in 4 games in the morning session and made it's way to the semi-finals.

The Tomcats battled highly explosive Hattiesburg in the semi's and the Tigers would prevail making their way to the title game.

St. Martin is loaded with skilled players both on offense and defense and ran off 3 wins and 1 loss before the championship round got underway. Coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead's Yellow Jackets held off home standing Harrison Central to advance to the semi-finals facing Gulfport.

St. Martin would jump out early and pulled away from the Admirals behind the passing of sophomore quarterback Wayne Overman who will share the QB position with junior Tyler Polk, who will see more playing time at wide receiver and in the defensive backfield in 2014.

The Yellow Jackets pulled away from Gulfport winning 24 to nothing.

That set the stage for the 7-on-7 championship game, pitting St. Martin and Hattiesburg, two teams that will compete in the Region 4-6A ranks this season.

St. Martin quarterback Wayne Overman fired a touchdown reception to Jacory Williams giving the Yellow Jackets a 6-nothing lead. A one-point conversion failed.

St. Martin would come up big on the Tigers first offensive possession.  Jacory Williams broke up a pass play with an aggressive move.

Tyler Polk would give St. Martin 3 points with an interception in the end zone. Polk looked as if he had been the receiver.  Yellow Jackets led 9-zip.

Overman would have success passing the football to a host of receivers, leading the Yellow jackets to a big lead, 23-0.

Hattiesburg sophomore quarterback Julian Conner would toss two touchdown passes, one a 40 yard bomb to Jorine Hinton, but St. Martin would prevail 23 to 15.

Head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead said,"Our kids had to step up, a lot of them going both ways. It was hot out here on the field so it was really good for us to stick together and pull it out."

Overman apparently is going to see plenty of action behind center and he's gained experience in confidence during the 7-on-7 competitions this summer.

He said,"Competition makes you better, makes you great and I'm looking to be great and so is the team. We're ready.

Polk could be the most gifted athlete in South Mississippi and he's only a junior.  He excels at quarterback, wide receiver and has become a shutdown defensive back.  After losing a title game to Tylertown at a 7-on-7 tournament in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, Polk said the Yellow Jackets were determined to take a home a title in Lyman.

"We went to New Orleans and lost in the championship game and that was a hurt feeling,"stated Polk.  He added,"We wanted to come out here and win."

And that's exactly what St. Martin did, impressively.

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