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Rocks still undefeated, Tigers block Vancleave
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Oct 22, 2013, 20:13

The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws withstood a furious second half rally from the Poplarville Hornets to win 48-41 and remain the undefeated on the season. The Bay High Tigers blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by the Vancleave Bulldogs with 10 seconds remaining to tally a 22-20 win. The Hancock Hawks were shutout by the D’Iberville Warriors 39-0 as Hancock started their third different quarterback in their last five games. The Moss Point Tigers defeated the Pass Christian Pirates 45-21.
The Rocks (8-0, 3-0) remain one of nine undefeated teams in the state of Mississippi with an 8-0 overall record. Oak Grove, the state’s top-ranked team, is the only 6A undefeated team at 8-0. Class 5A has three undefeated teams in Jackson-Callaway (9-0), Oxford (8-0) and Laurel (8-0). Louisville is the only undefeated team in Class 3A with a 9-0 record while Class 2A has two undefeated teams in Byers (8-0) and Lake (8-0). Bogue Chitto is the lone Class 1A school undefeated with an 8-0 record.
The game between the Hornets and the Rocks last year provided some fireworks in the 82-80 final. This year was not quite that explosive but still provided some fireworks with 89 total points scored.
The Rocks were led by quarterback Tyler Allen who continues to put big numbers every Friday night. Against Poplarville, he was 25-for-43 passing for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 15 times for 195 yards and a score. His total yards for the game set a new school record eclipsing the 590 yards set by Dylan Favre in 2009 against Mendenhall.
His receivers had a big night as well. Brennen Bradley caught 10 passes for 263 yards and two scores. His yardage mark also set a single-game mark eclipsing the 251 yards set by Krisjon Wilkerson in 2009 against Mendenhall. Chase Rhodes caught eight passes for 115 yards and two scores while Chase Zimmerman caught three balls for 68 yards. Rhodes also added a two-point conversion.
Johnny Longo added a three-yard scoring run and Evan Lundgren returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Evan Lundgren set two school records in the game when he returned six kickoffs for 190 yards.
On defense, the Rocks were led by Jordan Bradford with 15 tackles followed by Joe Guillot with 10. Zach Ladner, Johnny Longo and Zach James all recorded nine stops. Lundgren had eight tackles and three passes deflected.
But, perhaps the most astonishing statistic in the game was the number of penalties. The two teams combined for 28 penalties for 331 yards. And, SSC was flagged 19 times for 228 yards. Now, don’t get me wrong. If a team is in violation of a rule, then by all means throw the flag. But, the amount of yellow hankies that were dropped on the turf in this game bordered on the ridiculous. As a reader, you can speculate what you want but, for me, I will leave it at that.
This week the Rocks play host to the Moss Point Tigers who defeated the Pass Christian Pirates last Friday night 45-21.
The Tigers were paced by Bennie Curry at quarterback last week who threw for 95 yards on 4-for-9 passing. Keyvin Moody rushed for 37 yards on just three carries and scored a touchdown. Moody recorded 161 all-purpose yards against Pass Christian.
The Rocks have played 17 games against the Moss Point Tigers in their 98-year history on the gridiron. The Rocks own the series 9-7-1. The first game was played in 1935 and was the first night game ‘between the walls’. The Rocks won 31-12. However, Moss Point has won four of the last five games. The lone tie in the series occurred in 1956 when the two teams battled to a 6-6 tie. The last time the two teams played was in 1962 when the Tigers won 33-13.
Since that time Moss Point has gone on to win five state championships while SSC has one.
The Bay High Tigers (4-4, 2-1) needed to block a 35-yard field goal attempt to claim a 22-20 win over Vancleave last Friday night. Keishaun Pullom’s block not only gave the Tigers the win but it also guaranteed a playoff appearance for the Tigers.
Bennett Favre hit Austin Wilkinson for a 13-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner. Favre threw two scoring passes to Patrick Daniels that covered 52 and 14 yards. Patrick Ponder also kicked a 31 yard field goal for the Tigers in the win.
On defense, Nick Proulx led Bay High with 15 tackles while Wilkinson and Tristan Hopgood each tallied 10. Taylor Kidd and Brandon Anderson added nine stops while Skylar Bush had eight tackles and a sack.
This week the Tigers host the Poplarville Hornets (6-2, 2-1) at Joe D. McCulloch Stadium/Tank Williams Field. Last week the Hornets fell to the Rocks 48-41.
The Hornets are led by a trio of running backs including Rojae Raine, Jiquan James and Malik Lucas. Against SSC, Lucas carried the ball 17 times for 148 yards and James added 136 yards and two scores on 19 carries.
Proulx, Kidd and company will need to step up their game to contain the rushing attack of the Hornets.
The Pass Christian Pirates (1-7, 0-3) dropped their game against the Moss Point Tigers last week 45-21. Scoring details were not available for the Pirates. This week the Pirates will travel to take on the Vancleave Bulldogs (3-5, 1-2). Last week the Bulldogs lost to the Bay High Tigers in the waning seconds of the game on a blocked field goal attempt.
The Hancock Hawks (3-5, 0-4) dropped their region game with the D’Iberville Warriors 39-0. The Hawks have suffered with an injury bug that has touched several players on the squad but the Hawks continue to battle.
Last week, the Hawks were led by Austin Whavers with 39 yards on six carries while Shane Ladner, playing with a broken hand, tallied 35 yards on 10 carries.
This week the Hawks travel to Hattiesburg to tangle with the Tigers. Last week, Hattiesburg fell to the Gulfport Admirals 50-43 in a shootout. Hattiesburg is led by junior quarterback Tristan Walley who threw for 263 yards against Gulfport. All games are set for a 7pm kickoff. See you at the game!


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