The Stone High football team displayed dominance for the second straight week and took a 48-20 victory over Forrest County AHS Friday to qualify for the MHSAA 4-A playoffs.
The Tomcats [3-6 overall, 2-3 Region 7-4A] will travel to Moss Point this week to take on the No. 1 seed Tigers.
“We executed,” said coach John Feaster. “But, we’ve still got a lot of things to work on.”
The Aggies [3-7, 1-4], had the first possession but only managed 25 yards before the Stone defense forced a turnover on downs.
It then took the Tomcats just three plays to get on the scoreboard.
Quarterback Triston Hickman hit Caleb Armstrong on an out route and the senior scampered 47 yards for the touchdown. Clint Ryals kicked the PAT and the Tomcats were on the way to victory.
Stone would score on five of its first six possessions and hold a 34-7 lead at the half.
“The offense was new,” Feaster said. “They did a good job of learning it and buying into it.
“I think they’re getting comfortable in their roles and accepting their roles.”
Carlos Brown had another productive game. The sophomore running back carried the ball 17 times for 228 yards and scored on runs of 58 and 11 yards.
Junior quarterback Triston Hickman completed 11-of-15 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns, two to Armstrong, one to Nathan Curtner and another to Kaleb Gilner.
Armstrong caught five passes for 98 yards.
Senior linebacker Dalton Lee led the defense with 14 tackles while Josten James added 13 and Derek Spiers 12.