• John Macon Gillespie

Spivery Has George County In High Gear

George County(3-3, 1-1) has been impressive this season, even in their three losses to Petal, Pascagoula and Harrison Central. The highlight of 2016, at least so far, came on Friday night for the Rebels when they defeated Gulfport 36-14.

By no suprise, LaRaymond Spivery was the game brightest star, and was even named Offensive Player of the Week by the Sun Herald of Biloxi. In case you’ve been missing out this season, Spivery has been one of the state’s most productive players. Against the Admirals he threw for 269 yards and two scores. That marks his lowest passing yardage output in a game this season, but his 142 rushing yards were a season-high, and he added two more scores on the ground.

“It felt great,” Spivery told SES Mississippi about getting a win on Friday night. “It’s a big win for us. We’re going to enjoy it, but come Monday it’s back to business.”

“I have a lot of confidence in my team. We just have to keep coming to work hard every week and take it one game at a time.”

Coming into Friday’s contest, Spivery had already thrown for over 2,000 yards with 21 total touchdowns through five games. He had thrown for 373 yards or more, including back-to-back 400 yard games against Petal and Pascagoula, in each game until Friday night against the stingy Admirals defense. Otherwise, his 388.3 passing yards and 85 rushing yards per game, plus 25 total touchdowns, are some of the best you’ll find. Pair that with his senior status and Spivery is a bonafide candidate for the 2016 SES Mr. Elite award.

“My dad and brother made me the player I am now. They’ve pushed me and worked with me,” the talented quarterback explained. “I’m a big time playmaker and I try for six every time the ball is in my hand.”

“My strengths are juking defenders out and being able to get it to my receivers. I’ve gotten better at being able to sit in the pocket and not run so much, too. My arm strength has grown a lot.”

However, when you try to talk about the individual success that Spivery has had, he redirects your attention.

“All thanks to the man above, my offensive line and my receivers,” He said. “I don’t really pay much attention to it all, really, as long as we get the win it doesn’t matter how many yards I have. People send it to me all the time, but I just stay humble and don’t let it get to me.”

One of those pass catchers that Spivery is thankful for also happens to be a good friend. Additionally, he is one of the best receivers across the state. Tyrese Fryfogle has offers to play college football on the biggest stage and part of that can be attributed to his connection on the field with his quarterback and friend.

“The bond we have is unbreakable. He’s a freak of nature, anything you throw his way is his. This summer we were up at 5 AM every morning running routes. I stay on him hard because I know what he’s capable of. He makes my job real easy,” Spivery explained.

With a solid start in the rearview, featuring plenty of offensive fireworks confidence is high for the Rebels. However, there are plenty of challenges ahead, including D’Iberville this Friday followed by Biloxi, St. Martin and others in the coming weeks. Those are only stops along the way to their goals, says Spivery.

“Offensively nobody in the country can stop us when we’re rolling,” He stated. “I think we’ll see a lot more big plays made on defense. The game plan is to stay focused on what’s in front of us.”

“The goal is to be playing in November and December. We just have to keep putting in the work. It’s not going to be easy, but I believe in my team.”

**Photo by Mark Magee.

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