It took all of 12 seconds for St. Stanislaus College’s senior back Owen Betz to haul in a 51-yard touchdown run to give the Rockachaws a 7-0 lead during a 47-20 blowout over the Quitman Tigers in round one of division 4A playoffs Friday night in Bay St. Louis.
The Rockachaws will travel to Poplarville Friday night for the second round of playoffs.
“This wins gets us one game closer to where we want to be, which is in the 4A state championship again, “ SSC coach Bill Conides said. “But that’s down the road. We have to take this one game at a time, and we have to prepare for the next round of playoffs. We’ve played Poplarville before, and they are a good team.”
A banner night for Myles Brennan
SSC quarterback Myles Brennan went 14-for-20 Friday night for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Brennan threw his 100 and 101 career touchdowns against the Panthers.
“I felt the offense was very efficient against Quitman,” Conides said. “Myles had another great night. He was obviously efficient to put up those types of numbers.”
Brennan used a variety of receivers to get in the end zone.
Betz not only had a rushing TD, he also had three carries for 96 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Chase Rogers, who is usually Brennan’s number one target, had 58 yards on three carries with one TD. Junior Darius Pittman and sophomore Andrew Trapani also had two receiving touchdowns.
The Rockachaws had three rushing TDS — two from Betz and one from Trapani.
Defensively, the Rocks kept the Panthers out of the red zone until late in the second quarter when quarterback Javante Charles hit Tony Goodman for a 30-yard TD. Charles would also get a rushing TD on a quarterback keeper in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers turned the ball over three times and all three turnovers led to scoring drives for the Rockachaws. Two of the three turnovers were interceptions by Mason Favre.
The Junior Rocks
With the Rockachaws leading 47-6 heading into the third quarter, the coaches decided to run the clock out in the second half. The lead also gave Conides an opportunity to start his junior varsity players on both sides of the ball.
“We got to play a lot of players in the game,” he said. “It was good experience for the junior varsity to play in this kind of game. I also got to play my eighth graders. They were able to get some valuable experience in a playoff game.”
The junior Rocks allowed two rushing touchdowns in the second half and they did not score any additional points for the Rockachaws.