Picayune Maroon Tide preparing for an explosive Laurel team in 5A State semifinal game

Picayune Maroon Tide preparing for an explosive Laurel team in 5A State semifinal game

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Picayune head coach Dodd Lee had his Maroon Tide out on the practice field Wednesday morning at 10.  He runs a proficient practice session, concentrating on all phases of the game.

Coach Lee said, "If you're going to be a champion you have to do it on a daily basis.  You just can't do it on Friday night and they understand that."

The 2016 edition of the Maroon Tide came out with a different approach following a playoff loss last season to Wayne County, a 58-28 setback.

"We came back home and went to work and changed a few things that we did and worked on our attitude and worked on our effort, "said Lee.

It worked.  Last Friday Picayune, with only five seniors, faced Wayne County in what could be described as a tenacious playoff game.  The War Eagles grabbed a 38-37 advantage with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter.

An inspired Maroon Tide team, would not be denied, and drove deep into Wayne County territory to set up a 30-yard game winning field goal off the foot of Isidro Loya.  Picayune 40 Wayne County 38.

Picayune's offensive line can be described as small when compared to other teams. Benny Holifield is a 6'2" 242 pound tackle and he's the Maroon Tide's biggest lineman. Cole Bean, a 6'1" 198 pound tackle is the smallest lineman.

Bean said, "It's tough sometimes but I've got some backs in the backfield that make it easy.  It's a battle every week, but we make it work."

"Just be the quicker man and roll them out and we've got better backs who can cut off of us, "said Holifield.

Running backs Josh Littles has cut up the field, having rushed for 2,271 yards and 24 touchdowns,but has been slowed by an ankle injury.

Shaun Anderson picked up the slack in recent weeks.  He has 1,078 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.

WLOX will be live in Picayune on the Friday Night Football Showdown at 10 and live in Poplarville where the Hornets battle Florence for the 4A South State championship.

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