MONTICELLO - With another dizzying display by junior quarterback Myles Brennan and his receivers, the St. Stanislaus Rockachaws are in the Class 4A state title game for the second consecutive season.
And they have the opponent they wanted all along.
After beating Lawrence County 62-28 in the South State title game Friday, SSC will take on Noxubee County at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The game serves as a rematch after the two teams met a year ago in Starkville with the Tigers walking away with a 48-27 win and the 4A state championship.
"We have pictures of (Noxubee defensive end) Jeffery Simmons and Noxubee County holding the trophy in our weightroom," SSC junior quarterback Myles Brennan said. "We always walk in there and remember we lost that game. That's always been on our mind. To go back and play them in the final game with a chance to get revenge, it's huge."
Noxubee County beat Greenwood, 14-7, to set up the title game rematch.
Brennan had another huge game as St. Stanislaus raced past Lawrence County in the second half. He set a personal record with seven touchdown passes and ran for another.
Brennan completed 31 of 42 passes for 551 yards and ran 13 times for 43 yards.
"I felt good warming up," Brennan said. " All I could do was get the ball into my receivers' hands. I have the best receiving corps in the country by far. They made the plays. I give them the credit. All I can do is get it from me to them and them make the plays."
St. Stanislaus (11-3) had four receivers with at least 80 yards and one touchdown.
SSC senior receiver Owen Betz had nine catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns of 57 and 63 yards. Corbin Blanchard had seven receptions for 135 yards and two scores of 55 and 8 yards.
Junior tight end Chase Rogers had seven catches for 95 yards and touchdowns of 12 and 3 yards.
Junior receiver Darius Pittman pulled in four catches for 80 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
"That's the idea," SSC coach Bill Conides said. "We like to get the ball to seven different guys and I think we got close to that tonight."
Lawrence County, which had a 12-game win streak come to an end, got on the scoreboard first when running back Quitten Brown ran 57 yards for a touchdown to make 7-0 with 11:03 left in the first quarter.
The Rockachaws rolled off 21 unanswered points in the first quarter, ending with Mason Favre's block of a punt and recovery in the end zone to make it 21-7 after one quarter.
"I was talking to coach and we saw that I could go up the A gap. I went through free," Favre said. "I put my hands up and I smothered it. All of a sudden, the ball rolled into my hands. It was a great experience."
Lawrence County didn't go easily with Kejuan Brown returning an interception 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 left in the second quarter to cut the SSC lead to 21-13.
SSC had a quick answer with a 63-yard touchdown toss from Brennan to Betz at the 4:06 mark, but Lawrence County bounced back with a 65-yard touchdown run by Quitten Brown to cut make it 28-21 with 3:51 left in the half.
The two teams again traded touchdowns with Brennan throwing an 8-yard score to Blanchard and Brown connecting on a 44-yard halfback pass to Lawrence County quarterback Charl'Tez Nunnery to set the score at 35-28 with only a minute left in the second quarter.
St. Stanislaus then went 62 yards on seven plays in less than a minute with Brennan throwing a 12-yard touchdown to Chase Rogers as time expired in the half.
Brennan entered the half with 370 yards and five touchdowns passing, putting all of the momentum on the St. Stanislaus sideline.
"We came into the game with a goal in mind of at least 500 yards passing," Conides said. "We felt like we could exploit them there. It's something we haven't done all season. It's good to get that on film."