While St. Stanislaus senior quarterback Myles Brennan appears set to make history Friday night at D'Iberville, the Warriors are more concerned about keeping their momentum rolling with a third straight win.
No. 2 St. Stanislaus (3-1) and No. 5 D'Iberville (2-1) meet at 7 p.m. Friday in a game that will garner attention from across the state.
With 125 more passing yards, Brennan will set the career passing yardage mark for the state of Mississippi. The LSU commit can surpass fellow Rockachaw Dylan Favre, who holds the mark at 12,559.
“To be able to keep it in the Stanislaus family is always a special thing, just keep the tradition going,” Brennan said Thursday. “I'm just excited and looking forward to it.”
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First-year D'Iberville head coach Eric Collins said there's been no buzz about Brennan's pursuit of the record around his team this week.
“We're just trying to focus on winning the game,” Collins said. “I don't think one person mentioned anything about a record. We really don't care.”
Brennan knows what's in front of him, but he plans to be no more concerned about the new record than Collins is.
“I'm just going to go out there and not even be worried about it,” he said. “We throw the ball a lot. If everything goes as planned, it should happen early on. It's just going to be an exciting moment, but I'm not going to go in with a different mindset. We're going to go out and play the game we play, we play best. We're just going put the pedal to the metal from the first horn to the last horn.”
St. Stanislaus and D'Iberville were involved in a tight shootout last season in Bay St. Louis with SSC eking out a 35-34 victory.
Following a 35-7 loss to No. 1 Picayune in the season opener, D'Iberville has rebounded nicely with a 22-0 win over Pascagoula and a 50-44 victory at Oak Grove a week ago.
The difficult adjustment period that so many expected at D'Iberville under a new head coach is moving along a lot quicker than many expected.
“I think one of the things that has been satisfying for us is the growth of the (Wing-T) offense,” Collins said. “It takes time to implement. We're not there yet. We're still a work in progress as far execution, but we've gotten better on the offensive side every week.”
D'Iberville has also been strong on the defensive side behind the play of senior safety Tyler Barnes, a Southern Miss commit, and senior cornerback D.J. Polk.
While D'Iberville has been trending up in recent weeks, St. Stanislaus has been stuck in a lull the last couple of games. The Rockachaws had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Long Beach 37-24 on Sept. 2 and fell 42-7 at Brother Martin in New Orleans a week ago.
“I don't think we've played very well,” St. Stanislaus coach Bill Conides said. “I guess you could say Long Beach was a hangover, a trap game. Our guys didn't go in as serious as they needed to. We needed a half to wake up. That's not what a championship team does. Last week, we didn't execute. We had a couple of players who missed a number of assignments. We need to get back to playing St. Stanislaus football.”
The challenge for the Rockachaws Friday night will be slowing down D'Iberville's Wing-T offense, which produced plenty of big plays at Oak Grove a week ago.
Conides was a Wing-T quarterback in high school so he's got plenty of experience to share with his defense this week.
“That's why I created this (pass-happy spread) offense,” Conides said. “I couldn't stand running it. I created the antithesis (of the Wing-T) because I couldn't stand it.”
Collins knows his defense will have to be at its best Friday night to pick up win No. 3.
“I think something that gets overlooked in their system is how well coached they are and how well disciplined they are,” Collins said. “They have the quarterback, the receivers and really great athletes. They're very disciplined in what they do.
“We have to be where we're supposed to be and we're going to have to make the play.”