St. Stanislaus and Purvis football fans displayed their support for their respective teams Friday night as a standing room only crowd turned out to watch the 4A South State Championship game.
The Rockachaws and Tornadoes battled tooth-and-nail in the first half with St. Stanislaus taking a 14-7 lead into the locker room.
In the first quarter Rockachaws running back Patrick McRaney established a new St. Stanislaus single season scoring record surpassing the mark of 185 points established by Heisman Trophy winner Doc Blanchard in 1941. Patrick is the son of St. Stanislaus athletic director Stace McRaney.
Conides said, "McRaney is a player who can do anything. He plays football, soccer and baseball and can play a number of positions. He's certainly a throw back player."
Purvis quarterback Nathan Roseberry displayed his mobility with his ability to break away from the rush and picked up a first down up to the 50 yard line and later the 5-7, 147 pound senior broke loose racing past Rockachaws defenders for an 18-yard touchdown that tied the game 7-all.
Coach Bill Conides and his St. Stanislaus football team would seal the deal in the second half with a dominating performance and piled up 34 points while the Tornadoes whipped up only one second half touchdown propelling the Rockachaws to the 4A South State Championship and trip to the 4A State Finals next Saturday at 3 p.m. in Starkville.
Conides said, "We didn't do anything different in the second half. We knew we had a good game plan going into the game and we just weren't able to execute in the first half. We did in the second half."
St. Stanislaus advances to face Noxubee County in the championship game at Davis Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State. Noxubee County won the 4A North State Championship taking down Greenwood 21-0.
Before the season began the coaching staff at St. Stanislaus said they should make their way to the title game thanks to loads of talent returning from the 2013 Rockachaws team that posted a 12-1 record. That dream of playing in the championship has become reality.
Conides and his coaching staff rely on an explosive offensive attack led by sophomore quarterback Myles Brennan and a host of game breaking receivers.
In Friday's 48-14 win over Purvis, Brennan completed 40 of 49 passes for over 496 yards and six touchdowns. He now has close to 5,504 yards passing on the season, inching closer to the St. Stanislaus single-season record of 5,589 yards established by Dylan Favre during the Rockachaws 2009 Class 4A State Championship season. Brennan has thrown for 61 touchdowns looking to add to that total next week at Mississippi State.
"We really spread the ball around and Myles was on target, "stated Conides.
He also credit to his defensive unit for holding the Tornadoes to only 14 points.
Good Luck to St. Stanislaus and bring that 4A State Trophy back to the coast!
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