BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's going to be another exciting night of high school football and the Friday Night Football Showdown crew will be following action from six games.
The Picayune Maroon Tide dropped a 56-35 decision to D'Iberville last week. Maroon Tide running back Josh Littles gobbled up 363 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns in the loss to the Warriors. Littles will test the St. Martin defense tonight.
Meanwhile, the home standing and unbeaten Yellow Jackets hope that 2015 is the year St. Martin will advance further in the Class 6A state playoffs. Head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead has a host of offensive weapons led by senior quarterback Tyler Polk and junior quarterback Wayne Overman. When not playing quarterback, coach Whitehead inserts the other talented duo plays running back or wide receiver. St. Martin beat Madison-Ridgeland Academy last Friday 41-20.
D'Iberville is on the road at defense-minded Pascagoula. Warriors quarterback Jacquelle Green, the WLOX Player of the Week, leads the D'Iberville attack, but he won't be in the lineup tonight. Green, who totaled seven touchdowns and over 470 yards of offense in guiding D'Iberville past Picayune last Friday, has been suspended for the Picayune game. 6-1, 200 pound sophomore Tucker Talley will get the starting call at quarterback for the Warriors.
The Panthers defense has a tough assignment and must find some offense in an attempt to beat the high-octane Warriors. The 1 and 1 Pascagoula loss to Ocean Springs 21-14 last week.
The Hancock hawks have developed solid play at quarterback and running back. Aaron Feazelle is a big quarterback who takes advantage of his size to run past and over defenders. Running back Michael Scardino has super quickness and excellent speed to explode into the secondary. Both Scardino and Feazelle led the unbeaten Hawks past West Harrison 41-0 last week. The Hawks will host rival Bay High tonight. The 1 and 1 Tigers are coming off a 39-15 setback to Taylorsville.
Biloxi under new head coach Bobby Hall open the Indians home slate of games facing Northshore, Louisiana. The Indians take aim on win No. 1 tonight while Northshore kicks off their high school season.
St. Stanislaus and Long Beach are looking to post win No. 1 of the new season. The Rockachaws opened the 2015 campaign against quality opponents, losing to Gulfport and St. Paul of Mobile. St. Stanislaus plays at Long Beach. Bearcats head coach Forrest Williams guided St. Stanislaus to the Class 4A state title a couple of years ago and he's now trying to rebuild the Long Beach football program, in this his second season.
Junior quarterback Myles Brennan, who led the nation in passing last season,is once again pulling the trigger for big yards for the Rockachaws. The Bearcats defense has a tough assignment in trying to contain the St. Stanislaus no-huddle offense.
The Friday Night Football Showdown team will capture highlights from the Gautier at Vancleave confrontation. On sad note, 15-year-old Natalie Hightower, a student at Vancleave High School lost her battle with brain cancer on Friday. The Vancleave community and everyone along the Mississippi Gulf Coast is mourning her death, a brave young girl who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor at the age of 12-years-old. Our prayers go out to the Hightower family in their loss.
Everyone attending the Gautier-Vancleave game is encouraged to wear orange in honor of Natalie.
WLOX-ABC/CBS will air the Friday Night Football Showdown at 10:15, followed by the Post Game Show at 10:35 p.m.
Get out and support your local high school football team!