Week 1’s results led to a pretty hefty shakeup in the latest Sun Herald football rankings.
The Shrimp Bowl was delayed a day due to Friday’s thunderstorms but the previously unranked St. Stanislaus Rockachaws seized the opportunity Saturday and pulled out a 21-10 victory over host Biloxi.
Gautier had one of the other big upsets of the weekend. In Chris Peterson’s return to the helm for the Gators, Gautier surged past Ocean Springs for a 31-21 victory.
The pair of impressive victories saw both SSC and Gautier jump up in the rankings to No. 7 and 9 respectively. Long Beach’s 27-14 win over Pass Christian in the inaugural Coast Kickoff Classic propelled the Bearcats to No. 8. Stone, which opens its season Friday at home against Harrison Central, climbed to No. 10 after Resurrection, Biloxi, HCHS and George County all fell out of this week’s Top 10.
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It’s an understatement to say Saturday’s win was a big one for SSC. Considering the team’s massive turnover, and then having the originally scheduled game pushed a day due to weather, there was plenty going on externally with SSC. It showed Saturday, as the Rockachaws had several hiccups in the first quarter before settling down.
Biloxi scored off of a 95-yard scoop-n-score in the first quarter to go ahead 7-0.
“I think that was a wakeup call,” new SSC coach Jeff Jordan said. “We didn’t have too much trouble moving the football, just had a problem holding onto it with several early dropped passes and fumbles.”
After the first quarter, SSC’s revamped offense looked like it wasn’t anything new at all.
“We’re running a lot more motions and various formations than we did last year. It’s not just (quarterback) Jake (Greer), but everyone has done a good job digesting the new system,” Jordan said. “We wanted to keep it as simple as we possibly could to instill confidence and play fast. After the first quarter we did that.”
In his debut as Myles Brennan’s replacement, Greer did a good all around job. More of a dual threat, Greer completed 10 of 22 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 107 yards on 14 carries.
Jordan said Greer, who was understandably overcome with emotions post-game, was “fantastic” running the new offense.
“Jake in particular was a little emotional after the game. He has put every fiber of his being into becoming the best quarterback he could be,” Jordan said. “Like Myles, he’s a grinder. He works just as hard off the field as he does on it.
“I’m so proud of Jake. So, so proud.”
This week’s marquee matchup pits No. 1 D’Iberville (1-0) traveling to No. 5 Picayune (0-1), which is the only game between Top 10 teams this week.
Other ranked games include: Biloxi at No. 4 East Central; Harrison Central at No. 10 Stone; No. 3 Gulfport at Petal; Moss Point at No. 9 Gautier; Pearl River Central at No. 2 Poplarville; and Tylertown at No. 6 St. Martin. No. 8 Long Beach and SSC both have byes.
Sun Herald Top 10
1. D’Iberville (29)
2. Poplarville (28)
3. Gulfport (22)
4. East Central (20)
5. Picayune (19)
6. St. Martin (16)
7. St. Stanislaus (13)
8. Long Beach (6)
9. Gautier (4)
10. Stone (3)
Dropped out: Resurrection (2; 0-1, 7), Biloxi (2; 0-1; 6), Harrison Central (1; 0-1; T8), George County (0; 0-1; 10)