Patrick Ochs

Fun with numbers: A look at South Mississippi’s best; plus a glimpse at history

St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan throws the ball while being pressured by Biloxi's Skyler Talavera during the 2016 Shrimp Bowl on Friday, August 19, 2016, in Biloxi. Brennan is set to become Mississippi’s career passing leader on Friday at D’Iberville.
St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan throws the ball while being pressured by Biloxi's Skyler Talavera during the 2016 Shrimp Bowl on Friday, August 19, 2016, in Biloxi. Brennan is set to become Mississippi’s career passing leader on Friday at D’Iberville. amccoy@sunherald.com File

This will come as no surprise to those of you who sit under the lights on Friday nights, but the Coast is home to some of the best football players not only in the state but the Southeast.

Don’t believe me? Check out the numbers.

According to MaxPreps.com, the state’s top three passers all reside in South Mississippi. George County’s LaRaymond Spivery has a healthy lead in Mississippi with a whopping 1,690 yards in just four games. His 12 passing touchdowns are second on the Coast.

St. Stanislaus QB and LSU commitment Myles Brennan is second in Mississippi with 1,279 passing yards and 13 touchdowns without an interception — more on him momentarily — while St. Martin’s Wayne Overman III ranks third with 1,131 yards respectively. WOIII has also thrown 11 touchdowns.

It makes sense that if those three QBs are among the state’s best that their top targets would also register high among their peers. St. Martin Yellow Jacket Kalem Reddix has wowed both his coaches and those on the other sideline this season with several circus catches. He has also been consistent for Overman and leads the state in receiving yards (687). His 687 yards are good enough for seventh nationally, too.

George County receivers Tyrese Fryfogle and Dwan Williams have been second to none when it comes to dangerous receiving combinations. Fryfogle, who holds Ole Miss and Idaho offers, leads Mississippi with 35 receptions. His 653 receiving yards are second only to Reddix. Williams, who is a big, physical receiver, is close behind with 33 receptions for 560 yards.

SSC’s Corbin Blanchard and Chase Rogers may be the only competition to George County’s duo in Mississippi. Blanchard has become Brennan’s favorite target with 28 receptions for 476 yards. Rogers, a Tennessee commit, is right there with 20 receptions for 346 yards.

Running wild

Some questioned how East Central would replace the 2,800-plus yards and 25 touchdowns A.J. Davis took with him when he graduated. The senior was a workhorse and averaged 6.6 yards per carry and an incredible 241.1 yards per game.

Prior to the season, Louisiana Tech commit and ECHS lineman Conner Estes said to watch out for Tony Brown. He wasn’t kidding. The junior running back leads the nation — that’s correct, not just the Coast or Mississippi, but the country — with 993 yards. He’s averaging a whopping 9 yards per carry and 248.3 yards per game.

Getting defensive

Pascagoula’s Matt Inlow has bulldozed opposing offensive players from the linebacker’s spot to the tune of 65 total tackles. That’s an eye-popping number for just four games into the season. Hancock’s Trent Ladner and Gulfport’s Karlos Dillard are tied for eighth in the state with 52 tackles apiece.

Passing history

Lets try this again...

Brennan will in all likelihood become Mississippi’s career passing leader on Friday night. He would have had to really air it out last Friday at Brother Martin (La.) in order to eclipse former Rockachaw Dylan Favre’s state record of 12,559 yards. Instead he came up 125 yards shy of securing his spot all alone in the record books and will get another shot this Friday.

D’Iberville is playing much improved after its loss to Picayune in Eric Collins’ Warrior debut, but holding Brennan under 125 yards is a tall task. In fact, with the exception of the single game he played his freshman year — when he still threw for 111 yards — Brennan has only been held under 250 yards twice. Interestingly enough, both times have come this season. He passed for 248 yards against St. Paul’s on Aug. 26 and then 247 last week.

So, what will Brennan do Friday?

This is a new season against a new D’Iberville defense, but Brennan completed 55.1 percent of his passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s 35-34 win at home.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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