D’Iberville bests Oak Grove

D’Iberville bests Oak Grove

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D’Iberville bests Oak Grove

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D’IBERVILLE — It took four games, but the defensive effort D’Iberville has been waiting for all season showed up Friday at Buddy Singleton Field.

Aided by two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries — all in the first half — D’Iberville upended the Oak Grove Warriors 44-21.

“When we’re healthy, we have a good football team. We had a lot of issues last week, but I think we can play with anybody,” D’Iberville coach Buddy Singleton said. “They all stepped up and played hard. I don’t think they expected this out of us.

“If we play like this, we can win the rest of them.”

Early on, Oak Grove (2-1) took advantage of a D’Iberville fumble on the home team’s opening drive, scoring on a 21-yard pass-and-catch from Alex Ward to Charles Hartfield.

From there, D’Iberville took over as Oak Grove’s next four possessions ended in turnovers.

“I think we played with so much pride inside. We wanted it more than we have all year,” D’Iberville defensive coordinator Jason Hockaday said. “We knew defensively we have not played good football. As a team we have not played good football and we knew if we put a good football game together we can play with anybody we step on the field against.

“That’s the difference.”

D’Iberville (2-2) also broke out some trick plays, scoring on a reverse flea-flicker just before the half from Jacquelle Green to Nick Jenkins that was reminiscent of Southern Miss’ big play against Mississippi State last weekend. The 70-yard strike put D’Iberville ahead 21-14.

On D’Iberville’s first possession of the fourth quarter, the home team broke out a receiver pass from its backup quarterback to D.J. Polk for a 66-yard touchdown to go ahead 28-14.

“We’ve had those all along. It just depends what the defense plays as to when we use them,” Singleton said. “When they were playing man coverage we felt like it was there so might as well take it.

“They had nine guys in the box a lot of the time and we knew when you’re over-playing like that to stop the run it would be there. The main thing is having enough time to get the ball off and we did.”

Green led D’Iberville with 114 yards and one touchdown passing. He also rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 15, 46 and 4 yards.

D’Iberville’s John Collins scored on a 47-yard reverse with 7:58 to go in the first half to put the home team ahead for good.

D’Iberville’s last score came on a safety by defensive back Ty Peters.

Ward racked up 309 yards and three touchdown passing — two to Kendall Parham for 59 and 68 yards and the third to Hartfield — but completed just 14 of 34 passes.

“We had a bunch of drops tonight where we usually make those catches,” Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. “It’s one of those games where we didn’t execute like we’re supposed to and we got our butts kicked.”

Duncan finished with seven receptions for 76 yards. Parham had five catches for 161.

“A loss sometimes is better than a win because it gets you refocused and gets you back prepared,” Causey said. “We’ll see how this pays off for us down the road.”

D’Iberville returns to the field Friday at St. Stanislaus. Oak Grove travels to Hattiesburg.

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