Rocks claim Crab Trap; Hawks & Pirates fall
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Oct 10, 2017, 18:42
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws was the only area team to come away with a victory last Friday night on the high school gridiron. The Rocks defeated cross-town and Division 8-4A rival Bay High 30-0 for the bragging rights. In other action, the Hancock Hawks were held at bay by the Gulfport Admirals 26-7 and Pass Christian was stung by the East Central Hornets 47-0.
The Rocks (4-3, 2-0) used a stingy defense to pitch its second consecutive shutout and third of the season while the offense took what the Tigers (0-7, 0-2) gave them and converted it into points for the victory.
Jake Greer led SSC throwing for 247 yards and four touchdowns in the shutout. Harrison Brewer caught five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns while Thomas Williams had three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. Dallas Payne added three catches for 41 yards.
Andrew Trapani rushed 12 times for 110 yards and caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown while Beau Rimmer kicked a 33-yard field goal and three extra points.
On defense, the Rocks were paced by Leo Roos with 14 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was followed by Nick Hava with 11 tackles including a sack and a pass break up. Lee Negrotto added 10 stops in the game.
The Tigers were led by Jaylan Wilson who had 19 carries for 79 yards.
On defense, the tackling duo of John Russo and Kyre Hodges-Campello recorded 14 and 11 tackles, respectively.
With the win, the Rocks get to keep the Crab Trap trophy for another year and they improve their lead in the series to 29-19.
The Rocks will travel this Friday to Wade-Hurley to take on the East Central Hornets (6-0, 2-0) in a battle for the top spot in Division 8-4A.
Last week, the Hornets blanked the Pass Christian Pirates 47-0. It has been the Tony Brown and Ryan Evans show on offense. Last week, the duo both went over 120 yards rushing with Brown getting three scores and Evans two. For the season, Brown has 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns on 115 carries while Evans has 385 yards and six touchdowns on 61 carries.
On defense, the Hornets are led by Avery White with 85 tackles followed by Cade Miles with 70.
The Rocks will counter with Greer who has thrown 1,274 yards and 15 touchdowns on 94-for-156 passing. Trapani has 405 yards rushing on 73 carries with three touchdowns followed by Greer with 360 yards rushing and four scores.
Brewer leads the receiving corps with 444 yards and six touchdowns on 32 catches followed by Williams with 317 yards and four scores on 19 catches.
Defensively, the Rocks are paced by Roos with 87 tackles followed by JD Rutherford with 68 tackles.
The Rocks won last year's contest 70-50 but this year both teams are playing much improved defense. This game is shaping up to be one of the more closely watched games in South Mississippi due to its impact on post season seedings.
The Tigers are set to play Vancleave at home on Friday night. Both teams are still searching for that elusive division win.
Vancleave (1-6, 0-2) is led by Lane Wise with 385 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 90 carries while Xavier Bass has 12 catches for 171 yards and two scores.
On defense, Cody Bean leads the Bulldogs with 49 tackles followed by Jimmy Bates with 42.
The Tigers answer with Wilson who has 558 yards passing and five touchdowns while also rushing for 662 yards and six scores.
Justin McKee has 16 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, John Russo has been a tackling machine with over 130 stops followed by Hodges-Campello with more than 100.
Expect a big crowd eager to see one of the teams pick up a division win thus Friday night.
The Hawks (5-2, 2-1) stumbled against Gulfport 26-7 on the road last week. The lone score came on off a blocked punt that was recovered by Austin Briley in the end zone.
Against the Admirals, Rondell Womack was the leading ground gainer with 61 yards on 12 carries while Caleb Garcia threw for 90 yards on 10-for-17 passing. Marquis Cherry led the receivers with three catches for 54 yards.
On defense, Trenton Ladner had a monster game with 18 tackles including five tackles for loss. Cameron Blaize added 13 tackles with six for loss.
This Friday Hancock returns home to host d'Iberville who defeated Pascagoula last Friday 42-13.
The Warriors (3-4, 2-1) are led by Michael Kozlowski who has thrown for 326 yards and five touchdowns while Ja'quavis Foster has 705 rushing yards and five scores on 110 carries. Jordan Hartley has added 437 yards and four scores rushing.
On defense, the warriors are paced by Chris Clayton with 54 stops followed by Chad Searight with 40 tackles.
The Hawks counter with Garcia who has passed for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns while Blake Comeaux has 692 yards rushing on 130 carries and 10 touchdowns.
Cherry leads the receivers with 334 yards and two scores on 18 catches while Brooks Rayburn has added 318 yards and five scores on 15 catches.
Ladner leads the defense with 91 stops including 17 for loss followed by Chase McDonald with 60 tackles.
This game will help determine the upper echelon of Region 4-6A heading into the final three games of the regular season.
The Pass Christian Pirates (3-4, 1-1) we're kept out of the end zone for the first time thus season in their 47-0 loss to East Central last week.
This week the Pirates travel to Moss Point (2-6, 1-1) hoping to get back in the win column.
Last week the Tigers blanked Vancleave 14-0. It is not known who season leaders are for Moss Point but last week Ruben Lee tossed a scoring aerial to LaShun Coleman and Keiyonta Webb returned a pick for a score.
Both teams need a win to stay alive in the post season hunt.
Games are set for a 7pm kickoff. See you at the game!