Fan frenzy before Rock-A-Chaws championship game

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The St. Stanislaus campus was rocking Friday morning, even before the Rock-A-Chaws arrived.

"Go Rocks go!  Go Rocks go!" the cheerleaders chanted.

The excitement reached a fever pitch as the players came to bid farewell to their fans, before they headed to Jackson.

"The crowds and everything, oh yeah, it's huge! Very exciting!  Everyone's out here," said Junior Chris Frigo.

"Something I've never seen before," said Senior Zander Romano.

"It's awesome," said Dylan Favre, the team's quarterback.  "Not only from the school though, it's the whole community. I think the whole gulf coast has got our back going up there to Jackson. So I'm excited about that."

The rowdy pep rally gave supporters a chance to wish the Rocks luck, as they go after their first state championship title.

"So whatever happens tomorrow, you can't make me any prouder than I am right now," said Principal Paul Verlander.  "But let's go up there.  Let's do it tomorrow. Let's bring it home. Good luck.  Go Rocks!"

Young fans from Holy Trinity Catholic School didn't seem to mind the chilly temperatures as they cheered on their heroes.

"I'm a huge fan actually," said sixth grader Carter St. Mary.  "I'm just excited that my home town is going to state.  It feels amazing!  I'm pumped up for the game. The Rock-A-Chaws are solid as a rock!"

And others were just as proud to show off their winning colors.

"My husband graduated from here, my son, and our whole family and we're just great supporters of St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws, and they're going to win," said Connie Heitzmann, a retired teacher who was dressed as Madame Fleur de Lis.

"We got 48 minutes left to finish the job up in Jackson," said Head Coach Forrest Willliams. "I appreciate all of you for your support all season long. Come up there to Jackson.  Wear black. Enjoy yourself.  Let's have fun and let's come back state champions."

The game kicks off Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.  The school will host a tailgate party in the stadium parking lot from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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