Looking for their first winning season since 2015, the Moss Point football team is in the midst of a redesign.
After struggling in non-district play, the Tigers stunned the St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws last Friday night 46-38.
The key piece in that victory was Moss Point Quarterback Ruben Deuce Lee II, who happens to be our ‘WXXV Student Athlete of the Week.’
An 0-5 start wasn’t what Moss Point Head Coach Wesley Harmon was hoping for, but it is something that he knew he could work with, two losses by seven points or less and a perfect record in district. “We really focused on really getting better, taking care of the little things.”
Those little things seemed to be non-existent in last week’s 46-38 win over St. Stanislaus. Setting the tone early for the Tigers was junior Quarterback Deuce Lee II, who collected 436 total yards of offense to go along with five touchdowns. “We knew that they were a pretty good program, we knew we had to go out and execute and that’s what we did. We did it as a team I feel like. It is not all about me, it’s not about one player, it is the team. Without that O-Line, without them receivers, without that running back, without the coaches, without the city of Moss Point out there supporting us, we wouldn’t have won that game.”
Seventy-five of Lee’s yards and two of his touchdowns came on the ground. On the Tigers’ first drive versus the Rock-A-Chaws, Lee leaned on his feet a lot, but according to Coach Harmon looks can be deceiving and that his 361 yards through the air is his true identity. “Actually, that’s his strong suit, he’s been doing that since pee-wee football, really just throwing the football, that’s natural to him, what we have to instill in him is he’s got to become more of a runner too.”
While Lee hopes to use those talents to help lead his team to a playoff berth, he’s more concerned with building a culture similar to the one that helped Moss Point win five state championships in their school’s history. “We look at the spot on the wall every day, we got six slots in the wall and we got five state championships, there’s an open spot for whoever wants it bad enough to go get that state ring, that state championship ball.”
The Tigers will look to remain perfect in district play on Friday night when they host the Vancleave Bulldogs.