Hawks & Rocks tally wins, Pirates end season
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Nov 7, 2017, 18:30
The Hancock Hawks and the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws both tallied big wins this past Friday while the Pass Christian Pirates suffered a narrow defeat that brought closure to their 2017 season.
The Hawks (9-2, 6-1) needed the leg of Elliott Nolan to kick a 23-yard field goal late to preserve a 18-15 win over Pascagoula and move the Hawks to the nine-win mark for the first time in recent memory.
Marquis Cherry tallied 167 yards and two touchdowns and a two-point conversion on 27 carries while Nolan was 1-for-1 on PATs and 1-for-1 on field goals.
Rondell Womack added 84 yards on 15 carries while Anthony Jones caught two passes for 59 yards.
On defense, the Hawks were paced by Cameron Blaize with 15 tackles followed by Chase Wedgeworth, Tyler Kapp and Christian Sapp all with 10 stops.
The Hawks open the Class 6A this Friday night at home for the first time in, well, a long time. Hancock hosts Brandon (7-5, 5-2) who fell in overtime to Region 3-6A champion Pearl 28-27.
The Rocks (6-5) opened the Class 4A state playoffs on the road with a game against McComb last Friday. After a tough regular season ending loss to Pass Christian the week before, SSC rebounded to dispatch the Tigers 35-7. But, it did not come without problems.
The Rocks arrived in two waves on Friday as the team had problems with one of it's chartered buses. However, the Rocks responded to the adversity and flourished.
Andrew Trapani rushed for 68 yards on nine carries, tossed a 78-yard touchdown pass and caught three passes for 16 yards. Jake Greer threw for 65 yards and threw three touchdown passes while rushing 13 times for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Trapani's touchdown aerial went to Dallas Payne while Greece's scoring tossed went to Lee Negrotto (24, 17) and Taylor LaFontaine (6).
On defense, the Rocks were led by Leo Roos with 11 tackles including two sacks followed by Delvin Henry with 10 stops and an interception. William Weber added an interception while his brother, Thomas, had five tackles with two sacks.
This week the Rocks return home to host the #1-ranked Poplarville Hornets 'between the walls' in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Hornets (10-0) defeated Northeast Lauderdale 42-27 last Friday.
The Pass Christian Pirates (5-6) stumbled in their first home playoff game since 2002 with a 14-7 loss last Friday to the Florence Eagles in the Class 4A state playoffs.
Dustin Allison tossed a touchdown pass to Andrew Moffett early in the game. Florence answered twice by halftime to make the final score.
The loss ended the Pirates' 2017 season.
The Hawks and Rocks are set to kickoff at 7pm. See you at the game!