The last two years for Pearl have been nothing short of phenomal.
But over half of those playmakers are gone, so now what?
“What we’ve done is focus on getting better every single day and not worry about anything else,” said Pearl coach John Perry said. “The mindset, and goal is still the same despite losing 29 seniors. Expectations are big after playing for it all for two years in a row.”
The Pirates were just the third team ever to finish a season 16-0 joining Lafayette in 2011 and Noxubee County in 2012.
Pearl has three starters back on offense and six on defense for 2018.
All three of the starters on offense were offensive lineman, so that’ll be the strength offensively for the Pirates.
Left hander Gunnar Dennis will be the quarterback for Pearl and will have some weapons in the back field to hand the ball off too.
Biloxi transfer Kenyatta Harrell will be the top back for the Pirates after rushing for 990 yards with eight touchdowns for Biloxi last season.
Elijah Harris, Carleontaye Spires and Sam Brumfield will also be seeing time at running back.
Colby Mozee, Trey Patton along with Jay Ward, who moved in from California, will be the top receivers for the Pirates.
Defensively, Pearl will lean heavily on the front seven. The entire defensive line returns led by defensive end Jordan Bailey. Brumfield and Damien Lynch return at linebacker to help stop the running game.
Secondary is where the Pirates took the biggest hit with the departures of Tylan Knight and Willie Brown. Jarvis Townsend is the lone starter returning to lead the secondary.
“If we can make plays and handle business I think we will be alright,” Perry said. “Class 6A South is wide open, so who knows what team could get hot that right time.”