St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan put on quite a passing show Friday night in the Shrimp Bowl, throwing for 428 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-10 victory over Biloxi.
St. Stanislaus (1-0) opened the season as the No. 1 team in the Sun Herald preseason football rankings and was the Class 4A state runner-up to Noxubee County in 2015.
Brennan completed 34 of 44 passes against the Indians, and three of his TD passes went to Corbin Blanchard. Blanchard caught scoring passes of 11, 13 and 2 yards. Overall, he had 11 catches for 122 yards.
Chase Rogers made 8 catches for 122 yards, including a 5-yard TD pass that gave SSC its first lead at 6-0 with 3:50 left in the first quarter. Darius Pittman added eight catches for 105 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass with 5:55 left before halftime.
“It was an amazing performance all the way around,’’ Brennan said. “It was not a one-man show by any means. Defense, offense — I thought we played one heck of a game. It was a great way to come out and start the season.
“I love to do that (spread it around). I don’t have any favorite receiver. I go through my reads, and I throw to the open guy.’’
SSC lost a fumble on the opening play of the game but then drove 76 yards to take the lead. Biloxi answered and drove to the 18 but new quarterback Tucker Thomas was hit and fumbled the ball, and J.D. Rutherford recovered.
After SSC went up 20-0 on Blanchard’s first TD catch of 11 yards, Biloxi drove 60 yards in five plays for its first touchdown of the season. Thomas hit De’Angelo Mayers with a 23-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left in the second quarter and Biloxi trailed 20-7 at halftime.
Biloxi opened the second half with a 49-yard field goal by Kevin Martinez to shave the lead to 20-10.
But SSC scored on back-to-back drives of 80 and 62 yards to ice the contest.
“The biggest thing we were looking for tonight on offense was efficiency,” St. Stanislaus coach Bill Conides said. “The first play of the game we fumbled. But that was the only possession we didn’t score on except for the last one. We were getting 3, 4 and 7 first downs each drive.
“Myles was pretty efficient. He did well with his checks and his protections. This is a really good way to start the season, a lot better than last year.’’
Thomas completed 6 of 13 passes for the Indians for 62 yards and a score, and he rushed 9 times for 68 yards. Kenyatta Harrell added 86 rushing yards on 13 carries while Nick Ross had 12 carries for 62 yards. Wide receiver Tim Jones was held to 3 catches for 19 yards.
Biloxi had won the last seven games in this on-and-off series, with SSC’s last win before Friday night coming in a 12-6 decision way back in 1954.
Biloxi hosts Pensacola Tate next Friday, SSC entertains Mobile St. Paul.