Picayune and Gulfport secured WXXV Game of the Week honors last Friday night and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Picayune edged out the Admirals 54-47 in one of the craziest games of the season.
News 25’s Andrew Scherer took a trip to Picayune to talk with the running back who kept things rolling for the Maroon Tide in the big win for this week’s ‘WXXV Student Athlete of the Week.’
It was hyped up to be one of the biggest matchups in the entire state and both Picayune and Gulfport made sure that we got our money’s worth. It was a back and forth battle all night with the Maroon Tide eventually closing things out 54-47. Picayune running back Cameron Thomas said, “That was our first, well I think it was our first 6A game, but we knew that it was going to be a tough battle versus Gulfport. We lost to them last year, so we knew that we had to get our revenge back.”
At the center of the Picayune offense is senior running back Cameron Thomas, who ravaged the Gulfport defense for 346 yards and three touchdowns. “I feel like I was in the zone. Green grass, you gotta go, you feel me?”
Being a downhill runner in Picayune’s old-fashioned power offense isn’t an easy task, but then you look at Thomas’ success on the ground this season, all you can really say is ‘wow.’ Picayune Head Coach Dodd Lee said, “You can’t teach 4.41, 4.40, but he can run. He’s 155 pounds probably soaking wet, but he gives a great effort every week.”
While Thomas can be considered the lead runner in the Maroon Tide offense, he isn’t the only one. Head Coach Dodd Lee frequently uses different ball carriers, which can sometimes make it more difficult for a runner to get hot, but if you ask Thomas, he keeps a mentality similar to that of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot. “Yeah, it’s a little Zeke thing, get the first, move them chains. I like the little Zeke mentality, keep the offense moving, keep it rolling.”
After a tough loss in the semi-finals last season, Thomas and the Tide remain focused on one goal: a state championship. Sprinkle in the fact that Coach Lee has announced this season to be his last, well, that’s just more motivation. “We want to come out with a bang, go out with a bang, you know. Finish it off good for our coach. Most thing is to take it week by week, game by game, we’re not going to rush it.”
Picayune will look to continue their quest for that championship this Friday against Poplarville, which also happens to be our ‘WXXV Game of the Week.’