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.November 12, 2014 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE PAGE 15 SPORTS By Jody O'Hara When they needed it most, the Stone High football team's offense was nowhere to be found. Heading into Friday night's contest with defending state 5A champion Picayune, the Tomcats needed a win to assure themselves of a playoff spot. Instead, they were shut out for the first time this season, leaving a big goose egg on the score- board's home side while the Maroon Tide put up 21 points. It was the culmination of a drop off in offensive production which began five games ago against Long Beach. "The maturity level, on the offense, was disap- pointing," said Coach Adam Stone. "When adversity set in, we did- n't handle it very well. "We had too many individuals and not enough team effort on the offensive side of the ball." The defense did its part Friday. Stone was plus-3 on turnovers in the first half, with Chris Blanchard and Larry Hartfield recovering fumbles and Caleb Amacker making an MARCUS KNOTT (35) AND MAROUEZ EDWARDS (11) COMBINE TO BRING DOWN A PICAYUNE BALL CARRIER LOSS TO THE MAROON TIDE. ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY JODY O'HARA. intercep- tion. The Tomcats, Picayune however, Stone could take advantage of none of them. Picayune scored on its first possession, march- ing 51 yards in 11 plays before scoring from the 1-yard line. Picayune at Stone County ! 2_ 3_ 4 7 7 0 7 - 0 0 0 0 - Every plat of the drive exactly what they were was a running play. going to do, we were "That's what Picayune just unable to stop it." does, they line up and Stone only managed pound at you and three first downs in the they're very good at it," first half and one of Stone said. "We knew them came on a fake IN FRIDAY'S 21-0 SEASON-ENDING punt when the ball was Final short- 21 snapped to 0 De Juan Armstrong and he went 11 yards around the left side. The rest of the half, the Tomcats punted three times and turned the ball over on downs twice. Stone fared no better in the second half. At the end of the night, sophomore quarterback Ashton Hickman was 2- for-12 passing for 17 yards. Armstrong ted the ground game with 42 yards on eight carries. The Tomcats' lineback- in corps of Amacker, Marquez Edwards, Trey Wegner and Marcus Knott had a huge night, but that was to be expected as the Maroon Tide ball carriers went up the middle time after time. In the first half alone, Picayune ran the ball 28 times. The only pass attempt- ed by the Maroon Tide was deflected and inter- cepted by Amacker. Despite the loss, the Tomcats still had a shot at getting into the play- offs through the back door if East Central lost. The Hornets slammed that door when they scored with 1:36 remaining to take a 35- 32 victory in their game against George County. By Kathy McAdams Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's golf te .a/n moved up to claim the No. 3 spot in the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Coaches Poll last week, with a com- parative record of 31/33 and an adjusted team scoring average of 72.42. The team was also ranked third by NJCAA and golfstat.com. Probably the most out- standing results for the team is having two play- ers ranked in the top lO, a first for Gulf Coast. Freshman Grant Motter ranked third (making him the top-ranked freshman in the nation) and sophomore Danny De Los Santos ranked lOth. Sophomore Conner Entriken also ranked well, at 18th in the poll. "We are all excited about the ranking and want to keep the pres- sure up to finish first in Mississippi and stay atop the national rank- ing as well," MGCCC Golf Coach Tommy Snell said. "This is early and we still have a lot of improvement to make. Once we get it together and the players buy in to what we're doing, we can really make a difference. This is an outstanding team, a deep team, and I feel we have a better chance than ever to go all the way." Motter, from Hattiesburg, has a com- parative record of 197-2 and a 71.o9 adjusted scoring average. He is 16-1 vs. top 25 and 26-0 against the remaining Top lOO. "Motter is 'very strong in all areas of play," said Coach Snell. "Grant is a great ball striker who can play on any type of course, always keeping the ball in play." Motter said that the ranking felt "pretty cool" and that he planned to practice hard over the ................ increase his sldI1 ieveI. "No matter what I'm ranked right now, I have the potential to do bet- ter or worse, so it only really counts that week or in that game. I plan to keep my head down, keep swinging, shoot for the win in every game and just do a lot of prac- ticing until our spring schedule starts." De Los Santos, a native of Lancaster, Texas, is ranked loth in the nation by Golfstat and has a 19o-9 comparative record and a 73.69 adjusted scoring aver- age. He is 11-6 vs. topimproved his game. 25. "Conner has an out- "Danny has been a standing work ethic and solid player during his it shows in his game. whole career with us He will be able to move and really stepped out up the ranking this year. front during post season Danny, Conner and Fant play last spring, helping Carpenter provide great us win third place at the leadership to the fresh- national tournament in men both on and off the May," Snell said. "He course." has continued to work With this much talent, on putting and chipping Snell predicts that quali- and has improved both fying in the spring will a great deal. I expect be quite competitive. him to do very well this Gulf Coast will open the spring." MACAC Spring Season Entriken, from Kiln, at Copiah-Lincoln has a 18o-19 compara- Community College on tive record with a 74.07 February 8-9 at Wolf adjusted scoring aver- Hollow Golf Club. age. He is 3-14 vs. top 25. Snell said that Entriken is a natural athlete who has steadily Picayune at Stone County November 7, 2014 0 21 OFFENSE DEFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS Jake Cain Caleb Amacker De Juan Armstrong 70% Blocking 9 Solo Tackles Fake punt for 3 Knockdowns 8 Assisted Tackles first down 1 Interception I ElM [l l iN M N l [I) i H I I DiLl| N N t4 N Ill l, i Inc. One stop for all your farm supply needs! Wiggins, MS 601-928-9095 735 Hal St., Wi! jgins 601-528-9796 www.hudsonfarmsupply.com )