St. Stanislaus has been thinking about St. Paul’s out of Mobile, Alabama, for nearly a year.
Friday the No. 1 Rockachaws (2-0) got their revenge, knocking off the Alabama Power 49-26.
“We had to prove a point,” SSC coach Bill Conides said of the win after falling to the same team 51-28 in 2015.
SSC got it done both offensively and defensively Friday. In addition to racking up 49 points, the Rockachaws forced five interceptions and recovered a fumble.
“I said it all week. Its the group that nobody talks about but it’s the group that’s going to make the biggest difference,” Conides said. “They showed it. We had two interceptions back to back in the second quarter.
“That’s when we separated ourselves. You could just feel the air run out of them.”
J.D. Rutherford led SSC with two interceptions. He also recorded six tackles.
“He was an animal tonight,” Conides said. “He was all over the place. I can’t say enough about the defense as a whole.
“When they needed stops they stepped up. They were phenomenal.”
Brendan Logan, Gage Prudhomme and Jake Greer also had interceptions.
LSU commit and Elite 11 quarterback Myles Brennan was on point.
Brennan rushed for touchdowns of 11 and 2 yards and threw five more touchdowns.
After connecting with Western Kentucky commit Darius Pittman for a 7-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, Brennan and Corbin Blanchard connected for a 15-yard strike to push SSC’s lead to 21-10.
Brennan and Blanchard connected again with 26 seconds remaining in the first half on a 9-yard score.
Brennan tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half to running back Trace Rhodes on throws of 11 and 4 yards.
“I think Myles was off the charts,” Conides said Brennan, who completed 27 of 40 passes for 248 yards. “His completion percentage was way up there and we threw it a lot. He made some big-time protection checks and executed everything we talked about in our meetings.”
SSC hosts Long Beach on Friday.