BILOXI, MS (AP) - Region 4-6A kicks off play tonight along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. One of the featured games on the WLOX Friday Night Football Showdown will be the Biloxi-D'Iberville clash at Warrior Stadium. All high school football games start at 7.
Biloxi will try ending a two game losing streak to the Warriors tonight. The Indians under head coach John Shannon have run off 3 wins in 4 games and are coming off a 31-7 win over Moss Point.
Coach Buddy Singleton has guided D'Iberville to 3 wins and 2 losses. The Warriors have won back-to-back games having knocked off West Harrison last Friday 40-7. The game sends a Warriors solid defense against an Indians offense that relies heavily on the pass. Indians quarterback Blake Johnson has completed 94 of 146 pass attempts for 1,264 yards. His favorite target is sophomore receiver Tim Jones. The young man has hauled in 53 passes for 856 yards.
Defensively D'Iberville's Barry Leonardi has piled up 60 tackles and his teammate and Jacques Turner has 47. Jacquelle Greene has been solid in the Warriors defensive secondary and he'll have to keep an eye on Biloxi's Tim Jones.
St. Martin has the home field advantage tonight hosting Gulfport. The Yellow Jackets under head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead have 4 wins and 1 loss and hope to do something a Yellow Jackets football hasn't done in 11 years, beat the Admirals.
Gulfport enters the Yellow Jackets clash with 2 wins and 3 losses and must get its offense in gear. Last week the Admirals failed to score a touchdown in a 27-7 loss to Wayne County. Gulfport scored on a kickoff return against the War Eagles.
The Yellow Jackets present a challenge to any defense with the likes of Wayne Overman who can run and pass the football, a dual threat quarterback. Overman has 410 yards rushing and 1,100 yards passing on the season. Niecill McNair and Kaleb Clark are two of Overman's favorite receivers. Both have combined for 37 catches for 587 yards. Jacorey Williams has 13 receptions for 317 yards. He's also a threat on kickoff and punt returns.
The Admirals rely on senior quarterback Richaud Floyd. He's a Missouri commitment.
Ocean Springs travels to Hancock in another Region 4-6A game. The undefeated Greyhounds have won 4 straight games and face a very good 3 and 1 Hawks football team.
Ocean Springs head coach Ryan Ross will have his defense trying to contain dual threat quarterback Chase Fagan. The senior has 544 yards rushing and can use his quick feet to avoid the rush, adding 1,029 yards passing.
Harrison Central suffered its first loss of the season last week to West Jones, 29-14. The Red Rebels have won 4 straight before falling to West Jones. The Red Rebels feature the leader rusher on the coast in Dwayne Barnett. He has 776 yards rushing and will try cracking the Hattiesburg defense tonight in Lyman. The Tigers enter the Region 4-6A game with 1 wins and 3 defeats.
Defending 5A State Champion and top-ranked Picayune travels to Gautier tonight in an opening round game in the Region 4-5A ranks. Coach Dodd Lee has another solid team, one that plays as a team. There are no individuals who have stood out. They all get the job done. Running back Kardarius Cross is the top running back for the Maroon Tide, a young man who can go the distance from any place on the field.
Picayune enters tonight's showdown undefeated in 3 games. Coach Chris Peterson and his Gators know they have a tough assignment, one they are looking forward to. Gautier posted its first win of the season last week, a 22-14 victory over Vancleave.
George County is on the road at Long Beach. Coach John Douglass in his second year in Lucedale has his Rebels posting 3 games under the win column against 1 loss. Coach Forrest Williams is in his first season at Long Beach and is in a rebuilding stage. Williams is familiar with the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He led St. Stanisalus to a 4A State Championship a few years ago.
The Friday Night Football Showdown will have highlights from those six football games and the scoreboard beginning at 10:15 p.m. on WLOX.
The Friday Night Football Showdown Post Game Show follows at 10:35 on WLOX.com. We'll recap some of the big games with coaches interviews and live in-studio guests.
During the Post Game Show we will feature the brand new Gautier field house, a state of the art facility next to the Gators football stadium. Pascagoula High School has an identical field house as the Jackson County School District spent $3.1 million on both facilities.
Get out and support your local football teams.