The tone was set from the first offensive series as Biloxi handed Stone High a 31-14 drubbing in football Friday.
Junior running back K.K. Kendrick scored from 19 yards out with just 1:44 gone of the clock, Chase Nadolski kicked the PAT, and the Indians would go on to completely dominate the first half as they scored on four of their first five possessions.
Kendrick would finish that first half with 162 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries and Biloxi [4-0] would go to the halftime locker room with a 28-0 lead.
“Athletically, they’re good,” coach John Feaster said of the Indians. “We’ve got a very young defense and we’ve still got some growing to do.”
Feaster and his assistants made some adjustments at the half and the Tomcats [1-3] held the Indians to just three points in the second half.
Stone did not get on the board until there were just 6:37 remaining in the third quarter.
Carlos Brown and Jukriston Thompson shared the load in an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped off when Brown scampered 44 yards for a touchdown.
Brown would finish the night with 181 yards on 23 carries.
Stone’s only other score came on what will be a highlight reel memory for junior linebacker Dalton Lee.
The Biloxi ball carrier fumbled, another Indian scooped the ball and tried to run but was held up by several Tomcats defenders.
Lee managed to get his hands on the ball, stripped it and sprinted 60 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown.
“That’s determination,” Feaster said. “Guaranteed, he’s the smallest inside linebacker in the state; he doesn’t weigh but about 145 pounds and he made that play happen.
“I always say, if you’re willing to fight, you’ve got a chance.”
The Tomcats will get another bye week before entering district play at Purvis.
While the team’s road doesn’t necessarily get any easier, it certainly won’t get any tougher than the one it traveled in the non-conference portion of its season.
“We had opportunities we didn’t take advantage of,” Feaster said. “Some of it is youth and some of it is not being focused, but mostly, it’s our youthfulness. That’s the coaches jobs, to get them ready and focused.
“We’ll face some tough ball clubs, we’ve just got to out-tough them.”