For the second straight year, Biloxi hosts St. Stanislaus in the Shrimp Bowl Friday at Biloxi Indian Stadium.
Last year, the Rockachaws won 34-10 behind the splendid passing of prep All-American quarterback Myles Brennan, who’s competing for playing time at LSU. The Indians (6-6 last year) eventually recovered from the season-opening loss to earn a 6A state playoff berth. The Rockachaws (10-2) were upset in the second round of the 4A playoffs by Mendenhall.
“I’m glad Myles is at LSU, I’m glad Chase Rogers is at Louisiana-Lafayette and I’m glad Darius Pittman is at Purdue,” Biloxi coach Bobby Hall said. “It’ll be a much-more even matchup, personel-wise, than last year.”
St. Stanislaus new coach Jeff Jordan sees a dangerous Indians’ squad led by quarterback Brodie King, running back Kenyatta Harrell and wide receiver D’Angelo Mayers. King passes for 493 yards, rushed for 147 yards and accounted for six total touchdowns last season. Mayers, who had 23 catches for 267 yards and three TDs.
“Biloxi has a talented team that’s well-coached, ” Jordan said. “They have a good quarterback in King and Harrell’s a good running back. We’ll have to play well to have a chance.”
Former linebacker and safety Jake Greer will start under center for the Rockachaws.
“Jake has some big shoes to fill,” Jordan said. “Jake has a good arm, is accurate and can run. He’ll be a throw-first, run-second kind of quarterback. It’s his team.”
The Shrimp Bowl has returned to its original format, playing one game in Biloxi, not a doubleheader alternating every other year at Gulfport’s Milner Stadium since 2011. It was first played Dec. 7, 1941, and ran as a postseason classic through 1993. Between 1994 and 2000, the Shrimp Bowl alternated between a season-opening event and a postseason contest.
Hall has high hopes for the Indians, expected to contend for the Region 4-6A title.
“We like our team and the progress we’ve made in two years,” Hall said. “We’re still a work in progress.”
Teams: St. Stanislaus at Biloxi
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Biloxi Indian Stadium