November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Jacob Palazzo (3) rolls out under pressure during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
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Gulfport beats Biloxi in 100th rivalry renewal

Thursday night marked the 100th meeting of all time on the football field between long-time arch-rivals Gulfport and Biloxi.

November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Emmanuel Bentley (1) takes a handoff during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Emmanuel Bentley (1) celebrates a first quarter touchdown run during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Chase Delaughter (1) catches a pass for a touchdown during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Tristan Bourcy (99) attempts an extra point but is blocked by Gulfport Admirals Jason Joseph (20) during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Duran Parish (12) catches a touchdown pass during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Yaviel Lopez (13) hangs on to Biloxi Indians Chris Norwood (6) for the tackle during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians head coach Katlan French talks to his players at a time out during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Jacob Palazzo (3) handles punting duties during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Chris Norwood (6) tries to break away from a Gulfport defender during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

 

The Admirals celebrated the historic milestone by holding off the Indians 33-24 and in the process wrapped up the second spot in Region 4-6A play and the right to host an opening round Class 6A state playoff game that goes with that seed. Jacob Palazzo threw for a pair of scores and Emmanuel Bentley ran for two more as Gulfport led 26-12 after three-quarters of play.

November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Tristan Bourcy (99) attempts a field goal and loses his footing during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Jason Joseph (20) celebrates a pass interception during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals head coach John Archie looks on from the sideline during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Jacob Palazzo (3) passes during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Cooper Crosby (16) celebrates a touchdown catch with teammates during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Chris Norwood (6) drives for yardage during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Gavin Brown (7) runs the ball during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Gavin Brown (7) carries during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Gulfport Admirals Jacob Palazzo (3) keeps during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Zachary Marlin (16) sets up to pass during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
November 3, 2022: Biloxi Indians Zachary Marlin (16) passes on the run during the Biloxi versus Gulfport game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
In the other Region 4-6A action Thursday night, two contests were decided fairly quickly.
In Ocean Springs, the home-standing Greyhounds got a trio of touchdowns from running back Will Gray early in the game that resulted in a commanding 21-0 lead and they went on to trounce Harrison Central 43-14.
Ocean Springs remained unbeaten with the win, moving to 10-0 on the season. The Greyhounds had wrapped up their second consecutive league championship with a win over Gulfport last week.
The Red Rebels season ends at 3-7. At Brett Favre Field in the Kiln, visiting Pascagoula used a trio of quick scores by sophomore quarterback Silas Corder to jump out to a quick 21-0 over the home-standing Hawks and cruise to a 28-0 win.
The Hawks had already secured the fourth and final spot in the region race for playoff purposes last week and now stand 6-5 on the year. The Panthers conclude their season at 4-6. In the other Region 4-6A game, D’Iberville ended its season with two straight wins knocking off rival St. Martin 31-28. The Warriors finish the year at 4-7 as does the Yellow Jackets.
In Region 4-5A action Thursday night, Dante Dowdell’s fourth scoring run came in overtime, and the defending Class 5A state champion Maroon Tide remained unbeaten and knocked off visiting Gautier 48-42.
The win gave Picayune the region title, and Gautier finishes second in that league race.
Also, East Central knocked off visiting Vancleave 28-21 in the battle for third place in the league so the Hornets will be the third seed and the Bulldogs the fourth seed. East Central stands 8-2 on the season heading into the Class 4A state playoffs and Vancleave sits 7-3.
George County kept Long Beach win-less with a 63-20 win in the regular season finale for both teams. The Rebels finish the season 2-8, and Long Beach ends at 0-10.
And, West Harrison nipped Pearl River Central 25-23 to finish 6-4 on the season. It marks the first-ever winning season in the 14-year history of the Hurricanes program on the football field.
And, in Class 1A, despite a loss to Taylorsville Resurrection qualified for the Class A state playoffs.

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Written by Curtis Rockwell

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