The Resurrection Catholic football team resembled a squad capable of making a return trip to the Class 1A state title game in Saturday's season opener at War Memorial Stadium.
The Eagles made short work of St. Patrick in a 49-0 victory and will now look ahead to a Friday road trip to Class 4A Pass Christian (0-1).
“It was good to get a game in after two hot weeks of practice and a few days in pouring down rain,” RCS coach Scott Sisson said. “They finally got to see the benefits from all that practicing. It was good to get it in. I was mostly pleased, but we had a few mistakes and alignment issues we've got to work on. The next four games, it's going to be rough. We'll be playing bigger schools that are not going to make mistakes that will help us. We've just got to line up and do our assignments.”
RCS fell just shy of a 1A state title in 2015, losing 25-9 to Simmons in the state title game in Oxford.
The Eagles return a good chunk of talent from that team that finished 13-1.
Class 3A St. Patrick (0-1) is still in rebuilding mode in Jim Bloomfield's second season on the job.
“We've just got to stay healthy and try to get better,” Bloomfield said. “We're not where we want to be physically. We'll continue to work in the weight room. We've got to come off the ball better and play a little better defense and be more sound offensively. We've got to cut out all the turnovers. The kids play hard. We'll get better and better. It's a long haul, but we're going to get there. We're going to stay positive.”
RCS (1-0) led 42-0 at halftime with Patrick Roth scoring three times in the first half, twice on receptions and once on a 40-yard interception return.
Quarterback Blake Porter and Roth connected on the two passing touchdowns, including a 68-yarder with 2 minutes left before halftime.
Roth pulled in three receptions for 80 yards and Porter accounted for 110 yards passing and two scores as RCS appears capable of passing the ball much more this year.
“Everyone’s older,” Roth said. “Our quarterback is older and so are our receivers.”
Senior running back Justice Sharp found the end zone twice on runs of 5 and 3 yards and Patrick Watts, who rushed eight times for 90 yards, punched it in from a yard out.
The lone score of the second half was a 29-yard touchdown run by Norman Douglas in the fourth quarter.
Saturday's game was a repeat of last year's rough outing for St. Patrick against RCS. The Eagles won that game 56-7 and led 42-7 at the half.
Ben Walley led Resurrection with 14 tackles and Elijah Watts had 12
Friday's game will mark the second consecutive season that RCS and Pass Christian have met on the football field. RCS won last year's game 21-9 in Pascagoula.