BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Three-time defending Class 4A Boys State Champion St. Stanislaus tried taking out rival Bay High for the fourth consecutive season in the South State Championship game.
Before a standing room only crowd, the Tigers spoiled the Rockachaws bid for a return trip to the championship final. 6-foot-3 Corbin Blanchard, who will ink a football scholarship with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, propelled St. Stanislaus to a 1-0 lead one-minute into the second half.
Bay High tied the game with 20 minutes remaining. Bo Bowman sent the ball to Jonovan Cucurullo. He scored and momentum quickly was on the side of the Tigers. Seven minutes later, Conner Smothers with a free kick at midfield, placed the ball perfectly to Cucurullo with a game winning header.
The Tigers stunned the Rockachaws 2-1 earning a trip to the 4A State Championship at Madison Central High School 2 p.m. Saturday. Bay High last captured the State Championship in 2012.
West Lauderdale remained unbeaten Tuesday night posting a 4-0 win over the home standing Pass Christian Lady Pirates to claim the Class 4A girls South State Championship. The Lady Pirates enjoyed another great season closing out the year with a 16-6-1 record.
St. Patrick head coach Mario Camps has proven he's one of the top soccer coaches in the South. His Fighting Irish have a chance to win back-to-back Class 1A/2A/3A State Championships and third over the past four seasons, following a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart. Ricardo Quintana got St. Patrick on the board with 6:30 remaining in the first half. He delivered a perfect kick from 16 yards out that sailed over the Crusaders goalkeeper into the net.
Three minutes later, junior standout Tyler Musical displayed his soccer skills on a breakaway. Musial drove the ball close to the goalkeeper, placed it to the left of the keeper, off his hand, and the ball deflected into the net propelling the Fighting Irish to a 2-0 advantage.
It stayed that way until the first 30-seconds of the second half. Once again Musical was in the Sacred Heart box, kicked the ball to Chris Collins directly in front of the goal, Collins came up with a header and St. Patrick was in control.
St. Patrick posted a 3-1 victory and will head to Clinton High School 2 p.m. Saturday gunning for another state trophy. Coach Camps won two state titles when he coached Mercy Cross and has won two at St. Patrick. His players are ready to give wrap him a fifth title on Saturday.
Ocean Springs boys and girls both earned Class 6A South State Championships Tuesday night on the home turf. The Greyhounds needed overtime to upend a determined George County Rebel team. With the score tied 1-1, George County helped Ocean Springs take a 2-1 lead by kicking the ball into their own net. The state's second ranked Greyhounds would prevail 3-1 and will play for the state championship 6 p.m. Saturday night at Clinton High School.
The Lady Greyhounds led 1-0 over Brandon when Camille Blankenship scored in the ninth minute of the first half. Once again, goalkeeper Autumn Fike came up with another solid performance and posted another shutout in the playoffs in the 1-0 victory. Ocean Springs will face Northwest Rankin in the championship game at Clinton High School Saturday at 4 p.m.
The West Harrison Lady Canes have come on strong of late and they displayed their soccer prowess with a 3-0 win over South Jones Tuesday night to wrap-up the Class 5A South State Championship and trip to Madison Central High School Saturday at 4 p.m. facing Oxford. Marley Sims led the Lady Canes with two goals and Haley Kim added the other goal
West Jones defeated the West Harrison boys 2-1 to eliminate the Hurricanes.