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Football schedules are in place as coaches place targets on some opponents – Picayune Item

Here’s a taste of what to expect for the 2022-23 high school football season in Pearl River County.

The raining 5A State Champions are looking to repeat last year’s winning season, the Poplarville Hornets are looking to rebound from their final four loss to Columbia and the Pearl River Central Blue Devils appear to be much more successful this season.

For the Picayune Maroon Tide, their home games include September 9 and 16 against Gulfport and D’Iberville, October 7, 14 and 21 against East Central, West Harrison and George County respectively, and then a tighter regular season against Gautier on November 4. .

Away games include an opener against county rival Poplarville Hornets on August 26. Next, they will face Jefferson County on September 2. On September 23, the Maroon Tide will face county rival the Pearl River Central Blue Devils and on September 30 will be a game against Vancleave. The Maroon Tide’s final regular season away game is against Long Beach on October 28.

As defending champions 5A State, every game matters to head coach Cody Stogner.

“They’re all surrounded because they all matter in my opinion, we’ve got a target on our backs so we’re going to have to bring him in every week,” Stogner said.

Off-season training over the summer went well for Maroon Tide. Stogner said he’s seen good turnouts and players have been striving to improve.

For the Poplarville Hornets, their home game schedule includes an opener against Picayune on August 26, a game against the PRC Blue Devils on September 9, a return game against Pass Christian on September 23, a game against Lawrence County on October 7, then a tighter regular season against Sumrall on October 28.

Away games include Terry on September 16, Purvis on September 30, Forrest County on October 14 and Columbia on October 21.

Head coach Jay Beech says summer practices have been good but could be better. Asked if there were any concerns, Beech replied: “Yes, as a coach you always think it could be better. Ninety percent of the team is working hard, but there are some who could work harder.

He said those who don’t work hard enough will miss an opportunity to improve, but he knows those bumps happen every year and every team tries to manage.

Beech would rather have 90% of his players working hard with the next 10% for those numbers to be the other way around.

As Stogner said, the Maroon Tide have targets on their backs, and as such Beech and the Poplarville Hornets are one of those many teams aiming for Picayune. Beech said the match against Picayune is the only one circled on his schedule, so far. Another game to watch is Columbia, to whom Poplarville lost in the last four of the 4A State Playoffs. Poplarville will face Columbia on October 21.

For the Pearl River Central Blue Devils, their home game schedule includes a season opener against Hancock on August 26, a rival game against Picayune Maroon Tide on September 23, Long Beach homecoming night on October 7 and a night senior on October 21 against Vancleave.

Away games include a rival county game with the Poplarville Hornets on September 2, Sumrall on September 16, East Central on September 30, George County on October 14, Gautier on October 28 and a closer regular season in West Harrison on November 4.

The game circled on head coach Jacob Owen’s schedule is the season opener against Hancock.