The St. Stanislaus and Resurrection football teams will have Simmons on their minds this week.
Resurrection will play a tough Simmons squad Friday in the Class 1A State title game while St. Stanislaus prepares to take on Noxubee County and top notch defensive end Jeffrey Simmons in the Class 4A state title contest.
SSC is back for another shot at a 4A title while Resurrection Catholic enters uncharted territory Friday in Class 1A.
SSC picked up a dominating 62-28 win at Lawrence County Friday night in the 4A South State title game.
In the 1A South State title game in Pascagoula, the RCS defense again set the pace in a 23-8 win over Lumberton.
RCS (13-0) will play Simmons (11-0) at 11 a.m. on Friday in its first trip ever to the 1A state title contest in Oxford.
St. Stanislaus (11-3) is making a repeat trip to the 4A state title game against the same Noxubee County team it lost to 48-27 last season in Starkville. The two teams will kick it off at 3 p.m. Saturday in Oxford.
Even though last season's 4A title game was a decisive victory for Noxubee, the Rockachaws had been hoping for a rematch with the Tigers all along.
"That's what we've been talking about all season," SSC senior Mason Favre said Friday. "In the offseason, we were talking about that. We want that game. We're happy they won and we'll be ready for them."
Noxubee County beat Greenwood Friday, 14-7, to move to 11-4.
The Tigers are led by Simmons, who was a handful last season for the Rockachaws. Simmons blocked an SSC punt on the Rockachaws' first possession of the game and continue to play a role in all areas of the contest the rest of the way.
The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Simmons holds offers from all three of the state's FBS schools and all the SEC football powers.
The Class 1A state title game will be a battle of the unbeatens. RCS and Simmons are among the best defensive teams in the state. Resurrection has eight shutouts this season while Simmons has seven.
While RCS relied on a stingy defense to get to Oxford, SSC again made its way to the state championship game thanks the state's best passing offense led by junior quarterback Myles Brennan.
After throwing a personal best seven touchdowns Friday night, Brennan appears red hot headed into the title game.
A year after sending just one team to Starkville, the Coast will be well represented by two teams fully capable of coming home with title trophies.
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