BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Indians quarterback Tucker Thomas was the spark plug that ignited Biloxi's offense on Friday, resulting in a 44-28 win over the Greyhounds from Ocean Springs.
Thomas played a complete game. He rushed for 176 yards and cracked the goal line twice. Thomas added 150 yards through the air and one touchdown.
The 6-foot-1, 180 pound junior says the Indians new wide open offense is resulting in big plays and victories.
He's the WLOX Player of the Week.
"I guess I'm pretty fast, you could say. "stated Thomas. "So, when a play breaks down, I try to make something happen with my feet and it opens up the passing game a lot too."
This is the 39th season for head coach Bobby Hall and only his second at Biloxi. He says Thomas is starting to excel in all phases of running an offense.
"He had his best game without a doubt last week, "Hall said. "What you've got to remember is Tucker has only been a quarterback for seven games. He has gotten better, but he's gotten better as the people around him have too."
One of those players who is making a difference on Friday night is free safety Tyler Price. He had the Hit of the Night this past Friday.
Price said, "We've got a great opportunity to come out and play on Friday. I just give it all I've got."
The 4 and 3 Indians have won back-to-back Region 4-6A games, propelling Biloxi into a five-way tie atop the region standings at 2 and 1...sharing the top spot with George County , St. Martin, Gulfport, and D'Iberville.
Thomas says he and his teammates are preparing intently with a keen interest in doing what the coaches teach them during the week.
"We're really focusing on our game plan. "Thomas said. Coach Hall added, "We're only had one turnover in the last three games. So, we've done a better job in taking care of the ball."
Hall says he has been playing a number of young players in each game, including seven freshmen, and they are getting better.
Biloxi hasn't captured a region title since 2011 and if they are going to make a run a the Region 4-6A championship this season, a win over St. Martin this coming Friday would give them a better chance at accomplishing that goal.
The Yellow Jackets are loaded with offensive talent up and down their lineup and the Indians defense that has been improve greatly over the past few weeks, will receive it's stiffest challenge of the season on Friday.
The St. Martin-Biloxi game at Biloxi Stadium will be one of the featured games on the Friday Night Football Showdown on WLOX ABC-CBS this week.