by Hunter Dawkins
With both teams starting off new and young in a lot of positions this year, let’s review the defensive side of the ball. This side appears to be evenly matched.
“We’re gonna run a Piranha defense this year,” said Pirates Head Football Coach Casey Wittmann. “We will have 14 guys that will play in this scheme towards the ball.”
Reese Gorman will be the captain of the defense, according to Wittmann, because of his knack for the football.
Additionally, the Pirates have one of the top outside linebackers in the State with Terre Johnson. A track star also, Johnson won All-State Defensive Player of the Week during Pass High’s fourth game last year.
Coming in after three years as Petal’s Defensive Coordinator, recently named Head Coach Philip Pigott has a lot of schemes to offer on the defense.
“Flying around the football and being self-disciplined are our goals as a defensive unit,” said Bearcats Coach Pigott. “Taking care of business is the culture in Long Beach.”
All District 2017 Receiver Kai VanCourt moved to safety during the start of the summer, according to Pigott, because of the need of a vocal leader on defense. His knack for identifying the football will help trigger the defense. VanCourt and Delijah Robinson will both lead the Bearcats from the safety position.
Although not much experience in the front seven, freshman starter J.R. McFarland will be featured in the outside linebacker position.
Long Beach will host Pass Christian in the First Annual Oyster Bowl sponsored by The Gazebo Gazette newspaper of West Harrison County. The game is located on the Lumpkin Magee Field in Long Beach at 7pm.