BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Head coach Bill Conides is the guiding force in rebuilding St. Stanislaus into a Class 4A state championship contender. The loss to Noxubee County is the driving force behind the Rockachaws determination to get back to the title game and to complete the mission.
Conides said, "Everything we've done is to get ourselves back to that point, but we understand that it is a day-by-day process."
To help get back there, St. Stanislaus scheduled solid non-district games, Gulfport, St. Paul's in Mobile, Brother Martin out of New Orleans and D'Iberville.
"Wanted to make sure we're creating a level of competition on a weekly basis and creating that playoff atmosphere on a weekly basis, "stated Conides.
Quarterback Myles Brennan is back for his junior season. In 2014 he led the nation with 5,797 yards and 64 touchdowns.
"It's a great honor, "said Brennan. "It's a great accomplishment in my part and obviously I couldn't have done it without my line, coaching and obviously without my receivers and my surrounding teammates."
Brennan can count on a receiving corp that can find the passing lanes, receivers that all average 6-feet-3 inches. Owen Betz hauled in 79 passes for 12-hundred-63 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He's committed to Clemson to play soccer, but says he would love to play college football.
Betz said, "My thing is academics and whatever school I fit academically and athletically, then I'll chose... but as of right now I don't have any football but hopefully I'll acquire a couple after this season."
Besides Betz, three juniors will play a prominent role in the St. Stanislaus passing game, Darius Pittman a transfer from Gulfport High, Corbin Blanchard and 240 pound tight end Chase Rogers...who has great hands in snagging the pigskin.
"We want to be the most physical receiving corp on the coast and have the best numbers, "stated Rogers. "We want teams to be scared of us."
Besides running the Rockachaws offense, coach Conides is taking control of the defense and he expects big things from 6-4, 215 pound senior linebacker Mitchell Walk...who also excels in the classroom. He scored a 36 on his ACT.
St. Stanislaus will play in the Shrimp Bowl at Milner Stadium on August 21 facing the Gulfport Admirals at 8:15 on that Friday night. Biloxi and Long Beach kickoff game one of the 2015 Shrimp Bowl at 5:00.