Hawks & Rocks win openers The high school football season commenced without any delay last Friday evening with all four area high school teams in action. The Hancock Hawks and the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws both were victorious in their gridiron matches by large margins.
The Bay High Tigers (0-1) dropped their opening game of 2016 and the Ben Foreman era to West Harrison High School 35-14.
Jaylan Wilson scored a touchdown on a 55-yard run and Vernon Barnes added a 53-yard scoring run of his own. Bo Bowman converted on both PAT attempts.
In the game, Wilson rushed 15 times for 122 yards while Barnes added 16 carries for 108 yards. Aug 23, 2016, 19:36
Hawks make Pirates walk the plank 31-6 In a pre-season interview last week, Hancock High School Head Football Coach Rocky Gaudin said a major goal this year was to be able to run the ball more effectively on offense and stop the run on defense.
On Friday, the Hawks did just that en route to a 31-6 victory over the Pass Christian Pirates in their season opener at Brett Favre field.
"That is what we have been stressing," Gaudin said after the victory. "It gets simple if you do those things. If you don't, then it's going to be hard. I thought we played really well tonight against a good Pass team."
The Hawks amassed nearly 300 yards on the ground while limiting the Pirates to 160 yards, 50 of which came on the final drive of the game. Aug 20, 2016, 01:48
Rock-a-Chaws devastate Biloxi Indians 34-10 The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws opened their 101st season of football on a solid note with a 34-10 victory over Class 6A Biloxi on the road in the Shrimp Bowl.
The Rocks usual high-octane air-raid offense was efficient in its first action of 2016 as Myles Brennan was 34-for-43 for 382 yards and five touchdowns in the game. In fact, the Rocks had seven total possessions in the game and they scored on five of them.
SSC (1-0) started the game on offense and fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage.
However, the defense forced a punt by Biloxi on a three-and-out. Aug 20, 2016, 01:46
Tigers fall to Hurricanes The Bay High Tigers dropped their opener Friday night to the West Harrison Hurricanes.
"We're still a young team,” said BHS Head Coach Ben Foreman. “I don't feel like we were prepared as we should have been and that's my fault. It won't be like that next week."
After a slow start in the first quarter, during which both teams exchanged possession, West Harrison opened scoring in the second quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass; then scored again with an 18-yard touchdown run.
Bay High's #2 Jaylan Wilson answered with a 55-yard touchdown run just before the half, leaving the score at 14-7 during intermission. Aug 20, 2016, 01:28
Are you ready for some football? The 2016 football season is finally here and this writer is chomping at the bit to get it underway.
The Bay High Tigers, Hancock Hawks and Pass Christian Pirates are looking to take advantage of the experience coming back on their squads to take the next step in getting to the postseason. The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws are wanting to continue their dominant run and get back to the Class 4A state title game with one new wrinkle, a victory in game 15.
It all kicks off this Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. for all four local teams.
The Bay High Tigers ended last year with a 4-6 overall record. They begin this year with a new offensive formation (spread) and a new mentor in head coach Ben Foreman. Aug 16, 2016, 20:39
Sea Coast Echo sportswriter Joe Gex making sure he is 'write and exact' on the coverage in the 2015 Class 4A state championship football game. Gex begins his 25th season of coverage for the newspaper with the first football game of the 2016 season. He has not missed a high school football game since he started covering sports in 1992.
All the old adages seem to be ringing rather true right now - Time doesn't stand still, Seems just like yesterday and Remember when. But, somehow it all comes full circle.
TIME DOESN'T STAND STILL
On Friday, August 19th when the various football teams across South Mississippi hit the gridiron to start the 2016 season, this writer will begin his 25th year of sports coverage in Hancock County for the timeless Sea Coast Echo newspaper.
It was the first football game of the 1992 season and I possessed a newly minted degree from the University of Mississippi. I had been hired by St. Stanislaus College to work in the dormitory. Aug 12, 2016, 19:55
Kiln-native and NFL Football legend Brett Favre, on the field for the Green Bay Packers.
For many cheese heads and native Hancock countians, Brett Favre was already immortal on the gridiron for his legendary play for more than two decades. However, the gods in Canton made it official on Saturday, August 6th with his induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
The evening for Favre was an emotional one with his wife and biggest fan, Deanna, introducing him for enshrinement. It was a place that was fitting for Deanna to stand for she has been with Brett since December 18, 1983.
Favre modestly recalled that first time he had spent time with Deanna at his older brother, Scott's, surprise birthday party.
Favre coyly stated that he stayed in his room avoiding the crowd that night for the most part. However, when he decided to return to the gathering, Deanna was still there and they spent some time together that evening. And, Brett stated with Deanna glowing, "Then, as they used to say back then, we started going together." Aug 9, 2016, 18:03
The Diamondhead Volcanoes Swim Team is a recreational team which has competed for more than 25 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The team currently swims against teams from the Pass Christian Yacht Club, Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport Recreational Department, Bayou Bluff Tennis & Swim Club and Biloxi Red Tide Swim League. The program serves as a feeder program for Hancock High, Our Lady Academy, and St. Stanislaus College swim teams. This summer the team had over 140 swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18!
Three league records were broken this year!
Audrey Chang broke the records for 12U Girls 50YD Freestyle with a time of 29.84 and 50YD Back with a time of 35.75.
Samantha Broussard, Natalie Plouffe, Grace Bradford and Claire Escher broke the records for the 14U Girls 200YD Free Relay with a time of 2:00.97 and the 200YD Medley Relay with a time of 2:22.91. Jul 26, 2016, 19:01