Boderick Scott played football growing up. So when he approached Picayune coach Dodd Lee earlier this year about trying to help the Maroon Tide during his senior year, he was clear with the coach.
He wanted to be the one taking snaps, even if he hadn’t played football since ninth grade.
“I was a wide receiver in junior high,” Scott said. “My freshman year, I played quarterback.”
The move has paid off. Picayune will play for its second MHSAA Class 5A championship in three years on Saturday, when it hosts Oxford.
Lee has helped Scott by not asking him to do too much in the Maroon Tide’s run-heavy offense.
He’s only attempted 87 passes this season. Of those, he’s completed 53 for 1,066 yards — 20.1 yards a completion — and 14 touchdowns.
Scott keeps defenses honest, opening holes for star runner Preston Dedeaux, who is nearing 2,000 yards for the season.
‘Cats ready for Yellowjackets
Calhoun City coach Perry Liles knows beating reigning 2A champ Bassfield during Friday’s title game will be tough.
“They’re good,” he said. “It’s not just the big names on that team that are good; it’s the ones that don’t get the attention that are also good.”
He’s speaking of guys like running back Trodrick Daniels and defensive back Cornell Armstrong, a Southern Miss commit.
“Just a good overall football team and … good in all phases of the game,” Liles said. “We’re facing a great team, and hopefully we can keep it close in the first half.”
Don’t let that last line foo you. Liles is optimistic his Wildcats (11-3) can upset the Yellowjackets (14-1).
“Jackson Prep did beat them,” he said. “We just can’t give up the big play early, and our team has improved a lot on defense during the course of the season.”
The South teams (Oak Grove, Picayune, Forrest Co. AHS, Hazlehurst, Bassfield and French Camp) will be the home teams in the state championship games this week and will occupy the sidelines on the press box side of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
MAIS All-Star Game
The MAIS All-Star game will take place this Friday at Mississippi College’s Robinson-Hale Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Some key players participating are MRA offensive linemen Sean Rawlings (Mississippi State recruit) and Reid Kellums, Glenbrook (La.) quarterback Regan Edwards (interest from Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State) and Jackson Prep offensive lineman Campbell Vise (interest from Pennsylvania).