Jamboree action on gridiron this Friday
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Aug 8, 2017, 18:31
The football season is looming on the horizon and this Friday the area teams are set for one last dress rehearsal before the whistle blows to start the season on August 18th.
Bay High and Hancock will tangle in a preseason jamboree at Brett Favre Field in Kiln on Friday at 7pm.
The two teams will play a normal half of football to help work the kinks out. The Bay High Tigers enter their second season under the mentorship of Ben Foreman. Calling signals for the second season will be Jaylan Wilson who is looking to improve on his 852 yards rushing and 397 yards passing. Sam Shepard and company aim to hold down the defense for the Tigers in 2017.
Last year, the Tigers ended the season with a 2-8 record as injuries took their toll.
The Hancock Hawks ended 2016 with a record of 4-7 as their iconic head coach Rocky Gaudin hung up his whistle after 40 years prowling a sideline.
This year Neil Lollar will cut his teeth on the turf in Kiln. He will also be breaking in a new quarterback to replace the graduated Steven Good. Several linemen return up front to provide lanes and protection.
On defense, the Hawks return Trenton Ladner at lineback who paced the Hawks with 137 tackles in 2016.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws will suit up Friday and travel to Gulfport for jamboree action against the Admirals. The Rocks said goodbye to Mississippi's greatest prep quarterback in All-American Myles Brennan (LSU) at graduation. Stepping in to pick up the reins at SSC is Jake Greer.
Also departing the friendly confines of Brother Philip Memorial Athletic Complex were All-American TE Chase Rogers (ULL), All-American TE Darius Pittman (Purdue), All-State Corbin Blanchard (Air Force) and Sea Coast Echo Defensive Player of the Year Ricky Schaefer.
The defense is poised to step up and lead the Rocks with JD Rutherford as its unquestioned leader.
The Rocks will also have a new mentor barking orders from the sidelines in former ULL strength coordinator Jeff Jordan who has coached the offensive line at SSC the past two seasons. Last year, the Rocks ended their campaign with a 10-2 record, a Division 8-4A title and a trip to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Both jamborees are set to begin at 7pm. See you at the games!