Mississippi history could be made Friday — in New Orleans.
St. Stanislaus senior quarterback Myles Brennan is rapidly closing in on Mississippi’s career passing mark of 12,559 yards, set by former Rockachaw Dylan Favre.
You wouldn’t know that’s the case in talking with Brennan, however.
Following Wednesday’s practice, the LSU commit was only focused on avenging last year’s 68-21 defeat to New Orleans’ Brother Martin. That’s the usual, according to SSC coach Bill Conides.
“I hate to downplay it but ultimately that's what we have to do. If you get too wrapped up in stats you lose focus of what's really important,” Conides said. “Luckily for Myles, I think he's done a good job of keeping it all in perspective.
“His focus has been nothing but winning a state championship.”
Just 372 yards shy of being in sole possession of the record, Brennan acknowledged the mark has crossed his mind from time to time — specifically when others bring it up.
“When you think about it, it goes all the way back to Brett Favre, who is now a Hall of Famer and he played at Hancock and then Southern Miss,” he said, acknowledging other elite QBs from Mississippi. “It would be huge. It’s humbling just to have that honor and say that as a team and individually we’ve accomplished great things.”
Heading into Friday’s game at Brother Martin, Brennan has thrown for 12,188 yards overall, with 130 career touchdowns.
Fresh off of competing in the Elite 11 quarterback competition, Brennan is having a typical hot start to the season. He has thrown for 430, 248 and 354 yards and 12 total touchdowns in wins over Biloxi, St. Paul’s (Mobile, Ala.) and Long Beach.
“He told me when he came back from the Elite 11, he said, ‘Coach, this is like slow motion,’” Conides said. “I think that’s a huge advantage and is a testament to the amount of time he has spent studying the game. ... He was exposed to the best talent in the country, in terms of throwing to guys who are really fast and against guys who are also really fast.
“He had to speed everything up. His anticipation had to jump up to another level. All those things that happened at The Opening have certainly come back with him from Oregon.”
According to the Clarion-Ledger’s records, which were last updated in 2014, North Panola’s Clifton Davis III (9,309; 1988-91), Shannon’s Romaro Miller (9,070; 1993-96) and Brookhaven Academy’s Chandler Rogers (8,800; 2007-10) fill out the state’s all-time passing leaderboard. Recently graduated Oxford QB Jack Abraham should also be factored in after having totaled 12,021 yards from 2012-15, according to MaxPreps.com.
Even with the mark likely to fall this week or at the latest next Friday when the Rockachaws play at D’Iberville, Brennan remains focused on the prize at the end of the tunnel.
“The main goal is to win a championship and we’re going to do whatever it takes to do that, especially for these seniors,” Brennan said. “We’ve been there twice and haven’t gotten the job done. This is our last chance to go get it. Obviously that’s our first priority. When those records are broken at the end of the year and we’re holding that gold trophy, I’ll feel real proud of my team and myself to cap off the high school journey with a plus.”