High School Sports

PATRICK'S PICKS: Can the Coast send two teams to Oxford?

 Resurrection Catholic quarterback Blake Porter (10) keeps the ball and scrambles against Pass Christian.
GLENN ANDREWS/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD Resurrection Catholic quarterback Blake Porter (10) keeps the ball and scrambles against Pass Christian.

It's been a wild high school football season that's fast drawing to a close.

The remaining two teams remaining on the Coast happen to be a pair of Catholic schools - Class 1A Resurrection Catholic and Class 4A St. Stanislaus.

RCS hosts Lumberton at 7 p.m. Friday in the Class 1A South State title game in Pascagoula and SSC travels to Lawrence County in Monticello at the same time in the Class 4A South State title contest.

The Class 6A programs once believed to be contenders like Gulfport and Ocean Springs simply didn't play their best football at the right time.

In Class 5A, Pearl River Central and Pascagoula ran into two powerhouse programs in Wayne County and Laurel last week.

RCS and SSC are doing what they've been doing all season and getting better incrementally by the week. If they keep it up Friday, they'll be playing for state championships next week in Oxford.

I took a chance on Moss Point last week and paid for it. I went 4-1 to move to 130-44 this season.

I'm confident I'll add two more wins to my overall record headed into the state title games:

St. Stanislaus 31, Lawrence County 27: This will be a healthy road trip for the Rockachaws (10-3), but the tough early season schedule prepared them to take on whatever challenge they face.

SSC's improved play on defense has been a big difference maker in the playoffs, helping it slow down a red hot Moss Point squad in a 44-20 victory last week.

SSC will face one of the most talented running backs its faced this season in Lawrence County junior Quitten Brown, who has rushed 229 times for 1,808 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Lawrence County sits at 12-1 and hasn't lost a game since falling 34-21 at West Marion on Aug. 28.

Lawrence County, which beat Vancleave 35-21 last week, has only been to the state title game once when it won a state championship in 1999.

SSC is seeking its second 4A state title after winning in 2009 with Dylan Favre breaking records at quarterback for the Rockachaws.

I'm banking on the man who broke Favre's records, Myles Brennan, to lead the Rockachaws back to the 4A state title contest.

Resurrection 31, Lumberton 6: The only team to score on RCS over the last eight weeks happens to be Lumberton in a 25-8 win for the Eagles (12-0) on Oct. 30.

I see the Panthers making this a game in the first half, but RCS (12-0) is too good up front on both sides of the ball and I expect it to wear down Lumberton the second half.

Lumberton has likely the best running back in all of Class 1A in senior Daylon Burks, who has run the ball 269 times for 2,698 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Burks may break a play or two, but Resurrection won't let him run wild.

RCS coach Scott Sisson has done a whale of a job with this young program and the Eagles should be playing for a state championship next week.

Contact Patrick Magee at pmagee@sunherald.com and follow him on Twitter at Patrick_Magee.