BAY ST. LOUIS -- For the third year in a row, the annual Battle for the Crab Trap was won by St. Stanislaus College as the Rockachaws rolled over Bay High 41-17 in the crosstown football rivalry Friday night at the Brother Philip Athletic Complex.
The win came as the Rockachaws celebrated 100 years of football by honoring former players on its All Century team.
SSC now moves to 2-0 in Division 8-4A play and the Tigers fall to 0-2 in the division.
The Rockachaws got off to a somewhat rocky start when they fumbled on their first offensive play of the game. The Tigers took advantage of the turnover by driving down the field and scoring a touchdown on a one-yard carry by Keishaun Pullom to go up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
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"We were pretty fired up for this game, and it showed on the first play when we fumbled the ball," said Bill Conides, SSC coach. "We don't practice fumbling the ball. We had practiced that play very successfully. I told my guys at halftime to just focus on playing football and doing their jobs and not playing emotionally. I told them to just play football."
The Tigers lead would be short lived as Rockachaws junior quarterback Myles Brennan ran nine yards for a TD on SSC's next drive to tie the score at 7-7.
Brennan went 14-for-19 in passing with 358 yards and four passing TDs, the longest of which was 58 yards.
Junior receiver Chase Rogers led the Rockachaws with six catches for 136 yards and two TDs.
Corbin Blanchard had three receptions for 85 yards and one TD.
Pullom had another big night for the Tigers with 37 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns, including one for 30 yards in the second quarter.
The Rockachaws had 499 yards total offense Friday night and they held the Tigers scoreless in the second half of the game.
SSC (4-3) faces another division foe when they travel to East Central Oct. 16.
"It's only going to get more difficult as we perform," Conides said. "We were in the exact same position last year. We beat Vancleave and then we beat Bay High and then we went into week three and we lost to Poplarville in overtime. That has certainly resonated with us. We know that this is going to be the most difficult week we've faced. Our season only gets more difficult from here."
Bay High (3-4) continues division play Oct. 16 when the entertain Van Cleave at home.