St. Stanislaus opened the 2015 season with three tough games. It was something head coach Bill Conides wanted to do so his team wouldn't be amazed if his team could advance back to the Class 4A State championship game. Last season Noxubee County beat the Rockachaws 48-27 in Starkville in the Class 4A title game.
He decided to play Class 6A Gulfport, defending Alabama state champion St. Paul's of Mobile and Class 5A Brother Martin of New Orleans to give his players an idea what they would face in the title game, if they were fortunate enough to get back there.
St. Stanislaus is one game away from a possible repeat title showdown with Noxubee County. St. Stanislaus takes a 10-3 record to Monticello Friday night, facing Lawrence County in the Class 4A South State championship game at 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence County defeated Vancleave 35-21 last Friday while the Rockachaws are coming off an impressive 44-20 victory at Moss Point.
Despite losing to Gulfport, St. Paul's and Brother Martin, coach Conides believes those games played a major role in his teams hunt to get back to the 4A State finals.
Conides says his defense has really picked up their play and there's a good possibility that he may use some of his offensive players on the defensive side of the football against Lawrence County.
Rockachaws quarterback Myles Brennan continues to get the job done in the passing game with a solid group of wide receivers making big plays once they catch the football. Tight end Chase Rogers has become a big threat and Brennan's go-to-guy. Owen Betz has the speed to take it to the house and Corbin Blanchard gives Brennan another tall, athletic receiver at 6-3, 185 pounds.
WLOX will be in Monticello for the St. Stanislaus-Lawrence County Friday Night Football Showdown. Tyler Bouldin will have a live shot at 6 and 10.
The St. Stanislaus-Lawrence County winner advances to the Class 4A title game next Saturday at 3 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The Class 4A North State championship game sends defending champion Noxubee County at Greenwood.
Resurrection has the home field advantage hosting Lumberton at 7:00 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula in the Class 1A South State championship game. The unbeaten and top-ranked Eagles have reeled-off 12 consecutive victories, coming off a 31-0 win over Stringer last Friday.
On October 30 Resurrection traveled to Lumberton and won the game 25-8. Coach Scott Sisson says the game was a lot closer because Resurrection was leading the Panthers 13-8 after three quarters.
Defense and more defense has been the name of the game for the Eagles. In those 12 wins, Resurrection has posted 8 shutouts.
Offensively, the Eagles rely on a solid rushing attack led by Patrick Watts and Justice Sharp.
A win over Lumberton and Resurrection would advance to the Class 1A State Championship game next Friday morning at 11 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. Simmons and Smithville will play for the Class 1A North State title game.
Tune-in to the Friday Night Football Showdown at 10 p.m. on WLOX-ABC/CBS for game highlights and the final scores with Tyler Bouldin and A.J. Giardina.
Good luck to our local teams in their pursuit to reach the top of the mountain!
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