Rocks rout Bulldogs 47-0 in Homecoming win
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Sep 30, 2017, 00:43
Photo by Richard Gleber St. Stanislaus College on Friday crowned OLA’s Carol Ann Trapani as the 2017 Homecoming Queen. Carol Ann was escorted by her father, Chris Trapani, a 1984 St. Stanislaus graduate.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws had an outstanding week of practice leading up to their Friday night date on the gridiron 'between the walls' with the Vancleave Bulldogs on Friday night.
The Rocks (3-3) have had a somewhat inconsistent non-division schedule that resulted in two close games that could have gone in the Rocks' favor. Well, this past Friday night the Rocks put a complete game together and blasted the Bulldogs 47-0. And, it came before a packed house and Homecoming crowd, nonetheless.
The Bulldogs did not get past the Rock 40 yard line all game and the Rocks had their way on offense missing out on just three drives.
The Bulldogs opened the game on offense but their drive was halted quickly. On the second play from scrimmage, Vancleave was intercepted by JD Rutherford at the Bulldog 32 yard line.
Jake Greer, who had a very special night under center for SSC, hit Harrison Brewer for a 26-yard gain. Two plays later, Greer found sophomore Taylor LaFontaine for his first varsity touchdown reception on a six-yard aerial with 9:38 left in the opening quarter. Beau Rimmer converted on the PAT to make the score 7-0.
On the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs put together an 11-play drive that only brought the ball to the Rock 45 yard line before they had to punt away. The Rocks took over on their own 26 yard line. Greer went back to work with a 19-yard pass to Dallas Payne followed by a 24-yard strike to Brewer. Andrew Trapani ripped off 17 yards down to the Vancleave 10 yard line before a penalty brought the ball 15 yards. Greer went back up top to Brewer for a 25-yard scoring toss with 1:11 left in the first quarter. Rimmer's PAT was good making the score 14-0.
The Rock defense led by Joe Reeder, Lee Negrotto and Leo Roos forced a three-and-out that gave the ball back to SSC at the Bulldog 48 yard line.
Greer found Thomas Williams for 18 yards followed by a three-yard gain from Trapani. Cahill Marlowe returned to the lineup after an extended absence due to injury and gained 11 yards and first down for the Rocks to the Bulldog 16 yard line. Greer then hit Delvin Henry for a 16-yard scoring aerial with 10:30 left in the first half. A bad snap negated any attempt at a kick leaving the score 20-0.
On the first play from scrimmage, Lewie Negrotto, Leo Roos and Lee Negrotto combined for a tackle and forced a fumble that Lee Negrotto recovered at the Bulldog 29 yard line.
Trapani had gains of five and four yards before a Rock holding penalty brought the ball back to the 35 yard line. Greer stepped back and dumped the ball off to Trapani who bulldozed his way 35 yards for the score with 8:32 left in the first half. Rimmer's PAST was good making the score 27-0.
Joe Reeder forced a fumble on the ensuing return that was recovered by Rutherford at the Bulldog 37 yard line. However, the Rocks were not able to convert and were forced to punt away.
The Bulldogs mounted an 11-play drive aided by a personal foul penalty on SSC down to the Rock 40 yard line but were unable to move any further and they turned the ball over on downs.
Greer went back to the air for 18 yards to Williams followed by an 11-yard aerial to LaFontaine. Greer found Williams again for 13 more yards before Trapani ripped off 27 yards down to the Bulldog three yard line. Greer than lofted a ball to Brewer for a three-yard scoring toss with 13 seconds left in the half. Rimmer's PAT made the score 34-0 at intermission.
Carol Ann Trapani, a senior at OLA and daughter of Becky and Chris Trapani of Bay Sty. Louis, was crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen at halftime. Serving as maids on the 2017 Homecoming Court were Grace LeBlanc Breisacher, Cecilia Griffin Cottone, Emma Barbara Funk, and Sherry Grace Greer.
The Rocks started the second half on offense but their drive was cut short by an interception at the Bulldog 30 yard line.
The Rock defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out highlighted by a sack from Lee Negrotto and Thomas Weber.
The Rocks took over at the Bulldog 41 yard line following a punt return by Rutherford. Trapani ripped off 13 yards followed by a five-yard aerial from Greer to Marlowe. On the next play, Greer hit Williams for a 22-yard touchdown strike with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter. The PAT was blocked leaving the score 40-0.
The Rock defense forced another punt after a sack by Nate McCormick and deflected pass from William Weber. The Rocks took over at their own 14 yard line but were also forced to punt away.
The Rocks got the ball back after another solid stand by the defense. With the ball at the Rocks' 45 yard line, Marlowe broke free for a 27-yard gain but was stripped of the ball and the Bulldogs took over at their own 28 yard line.
Roos, Payton Prudhomme and Hogan Benvenutti led the charge to force another Bulldog punt. SSC took over at midfield and the junior varsity offense trotted onto the field. Sophomore Pat Greer stepped under center and handed off to Jackson Thriffiley who broke free for a gain of 19 yards. Pat Greer found Connor Ladner for a gain of six yards followed by another 13 yards in the air to Bradley Darby. Pat Greer went back to Darby on the next play for a four-yard scoring aerial with 8:25 left in the game. Rimmer's PAT was good making the final score 47-0.
A running clock and the junior varsity squads ran the time off to end the game.
SSC head coach Jeff Jordan commented, "This was a team win tonight. We had a terrific week of practice but we are still not where we need to be. There are corrections we can make. But, I was proud of how we competed in all three phases of the game. As a coach, as a player and as a fan that is what you like to see. Now, we can enjoy this win tonight. But, we have to get back on the practice field and make our corrections and get ready for another battle next Friday night against a rival school in Bay High. It will be a tough game and we have to come prepared and ready to play all phases of the game to perfection."
Jake Greer was something special for the Rocks on the field Friday night. Following in the footsteps of perhaps the best high school passer this state has ever seen, Jake Greer proved he belongs in the discussion throwing for 261 yards and six touchdowns on 17-for-24 passing. His touchdown passing mark in the game ties him with Dylan Favre and Myles Brennan for second all-time in a single game. Both Favre and Brennan threw eight touchdown passes in a game for the all-time mark in school history. On the season, Jake Greer has thrown for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns on 77-of-127 passing. He has also rushed for 361 yards and four touchdowns. With Greer throwing for over 1,000 yards this season, he continues a streak that dates back to 1997 with every SSC quarterback throwing for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Trapani had 86 yards rushing on 11 carries to lead all rushers. Brewer had five catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns while Williams added four catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.
The Rocks are set to host Division 8-4A and cross-town rival Bay High next Friday 'between the walls' at the Brother Phillip Memorial Athletic Complex. On Friday night, the Tigers (0-6) fell to the Pass Christian Pirates 34-28.
Game time is set for 7pm. See you at the game!