by Hunter Dawkins
Discussion was minimal Tuesday night at Harper McCaughan Elementary School for the school board meeting, as the Long Beach School District voted to accept 33 and release 6 students. Among those kids, student-athlete Cade Crosby was a release due to family reasons and will enroll at Gulfport High School for the 2019-2020 school year.
“I’m really excited to be attending Gulfport High School for my senior year,” said Crosby. “Look forward to new opportunities next year along with playing both football and baseball.”
Although Long Beach was not as successful as the previous year (3-8), Crosby put together solid numbers; finishing with 2167 yards, 23 touchdown passes, 5 rushing scores, and just shy of 100 passer rating. These numbers earned him the 2018 Gazebo Gazette Offensive Player of the Year.
Crosby has played under center since his eighth grade year, 2015 and tossing 56 touchdown passes during the time period.
As a dual sport-threat, Crosby has excelled in baseball; collecting 78 hits since 2016.
The Gulfport High Admirals are coming off a 10-2 finish with an undefeated district record 7-0 in football. Crosby has already academically qualified to play NCAA Football, but was offered by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Monday.