the Rockachaws stormed onto the field, with Williams hoisting the state championship trophy surrounded by grown men moved to tears by the team’s accomplishment.
Jim Mashek not only tells the story of the Rocks kicking down the championship door yesterday in Jackson, he traces the roots of Dylan Favre’s football success but not to his famous Uncle Brett. Instead Jim accurately gives the credit to “Big Irv” Irvin Favre, former coach at Hancock County High School and a man who commanded mucho respect in football circles from the Pros on down.
the Rockachaws had to make plays on defense. Lafayette County has some serious quicks. The Commodores have some terrific athletes.
But St. Stanislaus was clearly the better team. If the Rocks had played Lafayette County 10 times, they’d have won nine of ‘em, and this clearly wasn’t going to be the Commodores’ night.
From the moment they fumbled the ball into end zone on their first drive of the night, with SSC’s Blake Morreale making the recovery for the touchback, the Commodores were in serious trouble.
Everyone’s going to talk about Favre’s numbers and the records and everything else, but the Rocks can play a little defense, too.
“I know our offense gets a lot of credit,” Favre said, “but I can honestly say without our defense, we wouldn’t be here.”
The game was just like the other 4 playoff games in many respects. Outsized and outmatched physically the Rocks relied on a smart and gutty D to keep the other team at bay while Dylan and the offense would cash in on the inevitable big plays generated by his arm and his talented group of wide receivers. Beyond long scoring plays, nothing demoralizes a defense more than converting a 3rd and 20 plus yards and true to form the Rocks converted another one of those yesterday. The offense has been truly amazing and special for the high school level.
The Sun Herald also ran a story on today’s front page with a follow-up report from James Jones leading sports along with Mashek’s column. Rick Cleveland at the Clarion Ledger also got into the act with a highly entertaining column written from the perspective of a Dylan Favre newbie. As Nowdy heard me say since early last season Dylan does indeed “have it”. Now he also has a scholarship offer from USM as we let Rick explain:
Sure, you would like for your quarterback to have Peyton Manning’s height, Brett Favre’s arm strength and Michael Vick’s speed.
Dylan Favre, far and away the most productive quarterback in Mississippi high school football history, has none of the above.
But young Favre, who quarterbacked St. Stanislaus to a 35-16 MHSAA Class 4A state championship victory over Lafayette County on Saturday, has one much more important asset than any of the aforementioned.
He has the “it” factor.
He has it.
It can not be defined or quantified. But either you have it or you don’t and he’s got it, the intangible it.
What Dylan Favre didn’t have before Friday afternoon was a Division I college scholarship. Southern Miss, his Uncle Brett’s school, offered Friday. That was his first, presumably because he stands not quite 5 feet, 11 inches tall.
One prediction: It will not be his last.
Finally we have some highlights courtesy of Mississippi Public Broadcasting: