25 Teams in 25 Days: Picayune Maroon Tide
Even though everybody is trying to enjoy the day off for Labor Day, the Picayune Maroon Tide continues to roll with the punches, gearing up for week four of their 2018 campaign.
On the 22nd stop of News 25’s 25 Teams in 25 Days, Picayune Head Coach Dodd Lee and his squad continues to believe in a system that has been around and worked for 22 years.
The Picayune Maroon Tide is off to a 2-1 start to the season. D’Iberville is the cause of a 49-33 week two loss, but this defeat was a wake-up call and something to look back on in a positive way. Center Garrett Franklin said, “We are always striving to get better and give the best we can. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way we want, but it pushes us for the next game and the rest of the season.”
Head Coach Dodd Lee said, “We lost to D’Iberville, but we rushed for 531 yards. I don’t think we have ever ran for over 500 yards and been beat before.”
Picayune continued with this dangerous attack on the ground with a 341 rushing performance in a week three victory against Pascagoula. The biggest keys to success for the rushing attack goes to the biggest guys up front. “We are all dogs you know? We all try our best to make our best hole for our running backs and our running backs get the job done,” said Franklin.
Right tackle Deonta Reed said, “The chemistry is great. We stick together, play together, play hard every snap. Go hard for each other. Just be great together.”
The o-line playing a huge role for the Maroon Tide is something that will never change. However, on defense, Coach Lee decided to switch things in the offseason with Defensive Coordinator Ty Trahan. “We are really basing out of a 4-3 instead of a 4-4. The terminology has changed. Keys have changed a little bit. We are still getting better and we will get better every week,” said Coach Lee.
Getting better every week is a must if Picayune wants to get back to the state championship like in 2011 and 2013. “We are getting to State. We are going to State. We are not losing again.”
“The end goal? A nice ring on the finger.”
“We set our goals high. We ask our kids to go the extra mile an awful lot. And they do.”
The Maroon Tide plans to continue their winning ways this Friday at home as they take on Gulfport who is also 2-1 on the season.