Pass Christian took advantage of three turnovers and a safety to stun St. Stanislaus 30-7 on Friday night at McDonald Stadium.
The Pirates (5-5, 3-2) clinched second place in Region 8-4A and will host Florence in first-round playoff action next week.
“We played them well last year,” said Pirates coach Casey Wittmann. “And we didn’t play well last week. We felt we could correct some things. These are high school kids. You never know what you get one week from the other.
“This week they came to play. They put their hearts on the line tonight. Now we’ve got a home game. We haven’t had one since 2002. The whole town will be excited. It’s a fun time to be in the Pass.”
The Pirates got going early as defensive back Andrew Moffett recorded two interceptions of St. Stanislaus quarterback Jake Greer. The Pirates put together an eleven-play drive after the second interception and Tionne Frost capped the drive with a one-yard carry with 8:33 left before halftime.
The Pirates went for some trickery with a hand off and pitch back to quarterback Dustin Allison for 53 yards, setting up a first-and-goal at the Rockachaws’ 3 yard line.
Frost took it in for the score on the next snap, and the Pirates led 14-0 after Reis Baughman’s second PAT kick of the night.
The Pirates extended their lead to 21-0 late in the third period as Allison connected with Elijah Barnes for a 28-yard scoring toss.
St. Stanislaus got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter as Greer broke through around the left side through the Pirates secondary for a 43-yard TD run with 11:40 left.
In the fourth quarter, Pass Christian recorded a safety for a 23-7 lead.
Greer picked up 2 yards on first down, but on second down he was trapped in the end zone as he threw the ball in an area where there were no receivers, giving up a safety to extend the Pirates’ lead to 23-7.
The Rocks didn’t get much distance on the ensuing punt as the Pirates fielded it at the Rockachaws 40 yard line.
Allison’s three yard TD run closed out the game’s scoring.
Frost led the Pirates with 24 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Allison completed six of 13 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Barnes led Pass receivers with three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, St. Stanislaus coach Jeffrey Jordan was ejected from the game.
Greer completed 16 of 33 passes for 135 yards and two interceptions. Dallas Payne led St. Stanislaus receivers with seven receptions for 63 yards.
“We dug ourselves in holes in all three phases of the game,” said St. Stanislaus assistant coach Nathan Encrapera. “I don’t know if it is one of those things where we started looking past to the playoffs. We didn’t do a good job preparing. When we show up on Monday, we are 0-0. We have a faceless opponent. We have to prepare for whoever they put in front of us.”