It didn’t take long Friday night to realize Mississippi was about to have a new passing king.
Two plays into No. 2 St. Stanislaus’ game at No. 5 D’Iberville, Rockachaw quarterback Myles Brennan rolled to his left and connected with Corbin Blanchard, who was cutting back across the field on a post. The senior receiver broke free for a 68-yard score and the Rockachaws were off and running, eventually knocking off the Warriors 40-14 at Buddy Singleton Field.
Brennan’s pursuit of Mississippi’s career passing record commanded much of the talk surrounding Friday’s Sun Herald Game of the Week.
The LSU commit didn’t disappoint. Brennan needed just 125 yards to pass former Rockachaw Dylan Favre, who amassed 12,559 yards during his career. Five completions into the game, Brennan eclipsed Favre on a 17-yard screen to running back Andrew Trapani. The next play, Brennan connected with Tennessee commit Chase Rogers in the back right corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. As he jogged off the field, Brennan was greeted with a big hug by head coach Bill Conides and several other SSC coaches.
“It's a huge honor and huge accomplishment,” Brennan said after Friday’s game, which was called with 1:03 remaining in the third quarter due to lightning. “Not just a personal accomplishment, but a team accomplishment.”
Brennan finished the game with 366 yards and five touchdowns on 28 of 32 passing, giving him 12,801 yards in his prep career. As usual, Brennan didn’t concentrate on the record, rather SSC’s 4-1 start to the season with a third trip to the Class 4A State Championship Game still very much in focus.
“(Owning the record is) nice. It's a little bit of pressure, but I don't let that get into my mind,” Brennan said. “Everybody else – fans and everyone – make it out to be more than it really is. Obviously it's a huge accomplishment.
“I just go, play the game that I play, and let the other stuff take care of itself. Moving on from here, it's just another moment checked off the list.”
In addition to Blanchard and Rogers’ touchdowns, Brennan also threw 2- and 13-yard touchdowns to Western Kentucky commit Darius Pittman in the first half. He capped SSC’s lone second half possession with a 10-yard score to Trapani, who also rushed for a 2-yard score.
“Credit to them,” D’Iberville coach Eric Collins said. “When they got the football, they knew what to do with it.”
Setting the tone
Blanchard’s touchdown set the tone for the rest of the game.
“We worked on that all week,” Brennan said. “Just by the way that they play the one-high safety, we knew that he really picked a side and was real aggressive on the run, so we tried to get him to come down. We knew Corbin was going to win inside.
“I was imagining it before the play even started and when it was there I just knew.”
Conides commended his team’s execution after the Rockachaws struggled last week at Brother Martin in New Orleans.
“That's what we wanted to do. We wanted to be really efficient and just take what the defense gave us,” Conides said. “That's one thing we really didn't do a good enough job of against Brother Martin and Long Beach. We were trying to make the really big plays instead of just taking what the defense gives us.”
D’Iberville’s offense played well at times but consistently fell victim to false start flags.
While the Warriors (2-2) chewed up the clock with long, extended drives, they only found the end zone twice, on a 4-yard run by Micah Booker in the second quarter, and on a 12-yard run by Kahlil McCray in the third quarter. D’Iberville’s first possession ended with a fumble, and the home team’s final possession concluded with a Blanchard interception.
“We wanted to possess the football. That's the biggest thing. We wanted to keep their offense off the field,” Collins said. “The biggest problem was we just kept getting offside penalty after offside penalty. That's not how we play. We haven't had those penalties up until this point.
“... For whatever reason, our focus wasn’t 100 percent where it needed to be.”
Booker and McCray proved to be hard runners in D’Iberville’s new Wing-T offense. Several times Friday, Booker lowered his head and sent Rockachaw defenders flying.
“He's a good, tough runner,” Collins said. “We figured that our game plan was to run Booker. We felt we had a size advantage and could wear them down in the second half if we could stay close — but obviously we couldn't stay close.
“They have some really great athletes running and catching the ball.”
St. Stanislaus (4-1) has a bye week before opening Region 8-4A play at Vancleave on Sept. 30. D’Iberville hosts rival Biloxi next week.