PASCAGOULA - There's not much secret to what the Resurrection Catholic football team does.
The undefeated Eagles control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and rely on a solid group of running backs to provide points on offense.
That's what RCS (12-0) will try to do again at 7 p.m. today when it hosts Lumberton in the Class 1A South State title game at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula.
RCS coach Scott Sisson knows his team just has to keep doing what it's doing to have a chance to play for a state championship.
"It's just the same steps we've been taking," RCS coach Scott Sisson said. "We've made very few mistakes. You just do your job responsibility to the best of your ability and we'll be fine. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing. Mistakes, we have to avoid them. We've had a few, but none were catastrophic. We've just got to keep doing what we do."
A big key for Resurrection today will be slowing down Lumberton senior running back Daylon Burks, who has 269 rushes for 2,698 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Burks' total of 232 points ranks second in the state this season.
"He's got a will to win and he always leans forward," Sisson said. "He does things that you always hear coaches can't coach. He's just got instinct. The best thing we can do is put up a wall and not let him break through it. He's going to break a few and we understand that. We try to have people in place."
Burks ran 19 times for 121 yards with no scores in Resurrection's 25-8 win over Lumberton on Oct. 30.
"He had two long runs against us last game," Sisson said. "We just chose wrongly and he made us pay for it. The rest of the way, the kids responded and did their responsibilities."
RCS sophomore quarterback Blake Porter had some success throwing the ball against Lumberton in the previous match, hitting 4-of-7 passes for 75 yards. Three of those tosses went to Patrick Roth for 62 yards.
Sisson is confident his young quarterback can handle the pressure of the big game.
"He took the same reps as (former quarterback Larry Sisson) took at practice (last year)," Scott Sisson said. "Larry would run the play card and Blake would run play card. If Larry got hurt, Blake knew what to do. It was just a difference in size, strength and age. (Porter) learned the offense last year. We don't ask him to win games. We just ask him to manage."
Junior Patrick Watts and senior Dillon Jolly will probably get most of the carries again for the Eagles.
Watts has 136 carries for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns. Jolly has 103 carries for 850 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Scott Sisson expects an exciting atmosphere at War Memorial Stadium Friday night.
"I know in a few of the away games we've had more support than some of the home teams," he said. "This year (at Stringer), not only was the Stringer side, but ours was full too. Fans have jumped on board and it's been a fun time."