St. Stanislaus Rocks roll over McComb Tigers 35-7
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Nov 4, 2017, 00:12
The Saint Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws went on the road to McComb and rolled to a 35-7 victory over the Tigers on Friday night.
SSC went back to the practice field to correct a slew of issues from the previous week and it was apparent that the issues were solved.
SSC head coach Jeff Jordan commented, "As a coach, you never want to put the cart before the horse; however, our kids were angry at their performance. We had a lot to prove to ourselves and the SSC community. We had a great week of practice. All three phases of the game were solid. We were not flawless but I am as proud of these boys as I have been in a long time."
McComb opened the game on offense and the stingy Rocks (6-5) harassed them from the first snap.
After a stop on defense, the Rocks took over at their own 35 yard line.
Andrew Trapani ripped off seven yards and then gained nine more on an aerial from Jake Greer.
Trapani broke free for 31 yards to the Tiger 23 yard line.
Two plays later, Greer hit Lee Negrotto for a 24-yard scoring toss with 7:45 left in the first quarter.
Beau Rimmer converted the PAT to make the score 7-0. McComb (4-7) put together a 14-play drive that ended at the Rock 22 yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession, Greer pitched the ball to Trapani, who pulled up and hit Dallas Payne for a 78-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 left in the first quarter. Rimmer's PAT made the score 14-0.
The two teams traded interceptions before Travaris Fountain broke free for a 21-yard scamper up the middle for a touchdown with 7:58 left in the half. Tejay Patel made the score 14-7 with the PAT.
Each team traded a possession before the Rocks took over at the McComb 34 yard line.
Four plays later, Greer hit Lee Negrotto for a 17-yard scoring toss with 2:00 minutes left in the half. Rimmer made the score 21-7 with the PAT.
Neither squad got anything going on their first possession of the second half second. On SSC's second possession, the Rocks took over on the Tiger 21 yard line and took only four plays to find the end zone. Greer scored from two yards out when he called his own number with 7:34 left in the third quarter. Rimmer's PAT made the score 28-7.
Each team traded possessions twice before SSC took over on the McComb 19 yard line. Five plays later, Greer dropped back and hit Taylor LaFontaine in the back of the end zone with 4:55 left in the game. Rimmer converted the PAT to make the final score 35-7.
In the game, Trapani carried the ball nine times for 68 yards and was 1-for-1 passing for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Greer threw for 65 yards and three touchdowns on 7-for-14 passing. He also rushed 12 times for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Payne caught two passes for 80 yards and a touchdown while Negrotto had two catches for 41 yards and two scores.
SSC will host the Poplarville Hornets, the defending Class 4A South State champion, 'between the walls' next Friday. Poplarville defeated Northeast Lauderdale 42-27 in the first round of the playoffs.