PASCAGOULA -- Class 1A top-ranked Resurrection threw its fourth consecutive shutout as the Eagles celebrated homecoming by pushing aside Bogue Chitto 55-0 in Mississippi high school football Friday.
The game was only the second home game for Resurrection, who has spent most of the year on the road. The Eagles will travel to Lumberton next week before ending the season with a home game at Gautier High School against Salem. A win against Lumberton, however, will see the Eagles play at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Eagles (8-0) have not been scored on since Perry Central put the ball in the endzone late in the third quarter on Sept. 11, making it 17 consecutive quarters Resurrection has held opponents without points.
Not only did Resurrection hold the Bobcats (1-8) scoreless, but the Eagles' defense ended the first two Bogue Chitto possessions with pick sixes. Michael Gatchet started the homecoming party with a 32-yard interception return on the game's third play. Two plays later, Becht Powell took a Bobcats' pass back 25 yards, giving Resurrection a 14-0 lead before their offense ever took the field.
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Resurrection coach Scott Sisson said he didn't know if he had ever seen a game open with two pick sixes. "But it is nice to get ourselves a nice cushion before the offense takes the field," he said.
Sisson said this year's Resurrection team might be the best defensive squad he has ever coached, although he noted he had some strong East Central defensive teams in the early 2000s.
"They pay attention to detail," Sisson said of his Eagles defenders, noting that five players on defense were three-year starters for Resurrection. "They understand offensive formations and pick up their keys quickly. They understand the other team's offense. They take pride in what they do."
Including Perry Central, only three teams have scored against Resurrection, none more than the 9 points scored by Pass Christian in the season's second game. St. Patrick has had a difficult season, but opened the year by scoring 7 on the Eagles. In addition to the four consecutive shutouts against Mt. Olive, Stringer, Sacred Heart, and Bogue Chitto, the Eagles shut out Jay, Fla., 12-0 in the third game of the season.
Dillan Jolly paced the Resurrection offense with 210 yards on just five carries. He scored three touchdowns - on runs of 56, 70 and 64 yards to bring his season scoring total to 11 touchdowns. Justice Sharp also made good use of his carries, running for 38 yards on six carries and scoring on runs of 2 and 4 yards. Patrick Watts entered as the Eagles leading ground gainer and had a solid night with 69 yards and a 2-yard scoring run on nine carries.
Renzell Johnson added two sacks to his 10 sacks coming into the game and led the Eagles with six stops. Caeleb Newbill also added a sack for the Eagles. Steven Demetropoulos added six stops and Jerry Johnson five stops in a game shortened by running the clock throughout the second half.
Bogue Chitto was limited to 56 yards offense and five first downs. The Bobcats threatened only once, on their last drive of the game, when Connor Douglas connected with Trey Nettles on a 15-yard pass play to the Eagles 40 and with Dee Dillon for 4 more yards to the Resurrection 36. The drive, though, would end on a fourth-down incompletion at the 36.
Dillon had 3 catches for 21 yards to lead the Bobcats offense.