LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - Coach Matt Caldwell is in his first season at George County. He spent the previous four seasons at Taylorsville where he posted an impressive 41 wins and 13 losses.
On Friday his Rebels traveled to Gulfport and the bus ride back to Lucedale was enthusiastic. That's because George County played a solid game on offense and defense and handed the Admirals their first Region 4-6A loss after Gulfport had run off 8 consecutive wins.
Coach Caldwell said, "It gives us confidence going into our district schedule. I think anytime you go on the road and beat a quality opponent, it's big for your program."
George County quarterback LaRaymond Spivery played a major role in leading the Rebels under the win column. He rushed and passed for 411 yards and four touchdowns.
Spivery says coach Caldwell has ignited the Rebels both on and off the field.
"He's changed this program around big time," stated Spivery. "He makes us work even harder and he tries to keep us focused."
Rebels senior Tyrese Fryfogle is one of the most gifted receivers in the state. He has Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and other programs in hot pursuit of his pass catching talents.
He has 38 receptions on the season for 671 yards and 5 touchdowns. Tyrese gives a thumbs up when discussing the impact coach Caldwell has made in Lucedale.
Fryfogle said, "He's brought us together as a team. This summer he said we had to work hard, we could be as good as we let ourselves be. He's just pushing us very hard."
George County takes aim on D'Iberville Friday night at 7 in Lucedale. The Warriors lead the Region 4-6A ranks with a perfect 2 and 0 record. On Friday D'Iberville ran past the Ocean Springs Greyhounds 45 to 22.
George County, Gulfport, St. Martin, Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Harrison Central are all 1-1 in the Region standings. Hancock is 0-2.
Coach Caldwell played college football at Mississippi Sate and was on the first signing class under head coach Jackie Sherrill. Former George County standout receiver Eric Moulds was also a member of Sherrill's first signing class with Caldwell.