PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - High school football fans who have watched the Picayune Maroon Tide on the Friday Night Football Showdown have seen No. 8 Josh Littles consistently rip-off big running plays.
The junior tailback played a key role in leading Picayune over Gautier 28-21 in a Region 4-5A opener this past Friday.
How much of a factor was Littles?
Well, he carried the football 36 times for 290 yards and cracked the end zone twice, including the game winner.
Littles attributes his success to his Maroon Tide offensive line.
"We come out here at practice, work hard all through the week, "stated Littles. "It's good to see it show out on Friday's. I've got a great offensive line, they're blocking real well for the past couple of weeks. I'm running the ball real good. We're looking good."
Josh has rushed for 12-hundred-36 yards, netting 7.2 yards a carry and has 12 touchdowns.
Picayune head coach Dodd Lee says Littles has a knack of quickly finding a running lane, taking advantage of his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
"He makes great cuts at the line of scrimmage, "said Lee. "We run a power sweep and I've seen him go out the backside four different times and score this year and it's really not the way the play was set-up, but when he sees it he can make cuts and go out the backside or go out the front side too."
Littles added, "Usually when I run to the first hole I see, I hit it. Without a doubt, hit it as hard as I can. If it's not there I try to bounce it."
Picayune opened the season with young players on defense. Throw in a couple of injuries and the Maroon Tide lost three straight games.
That defense has gained experience and confidence and along with Littles and the offensive line, Picayune has run off two straight wins.
The Maroon Tide entertain West Harrison Friday night at 7.