Football

The Rock-A-Chaw football team made its debut in 1916, and by 1919 the team was a powerhouse in the South. In 1919, the Rocks went undefeated and outscored their opponents 254 – 28. In 1941, fullback Felix “Doc” Blanchard led the 1941 football team to an undefeated regular season, the Gulf Coast Championship, and an invitation to the Toy Bowl.  Doc Blanchard went on to the U.S. Military Academy, where he was named All-American in football three times. While still a junior in 1945, Doc won the coveted Heisman Trophy as well as the Maxwell Award as America’s outstanding football player. 

This strong football tradition continues more than 100 years later. In the past ten years, six graduates have been making their marks at Division I schools, including Myles Brennan, QB – LSU, class of 2017; Ryan Gibson, OL – University of California – Berkeley, class of 2015; Jordan Bradford, DL – Louisiana Tech University, class of 2015; Darius Pittman, TE – Purdue University, class of 2017; Chase Rogers, TE – University of Louisiana-Lafayette, class of 2017; and Corbin Blanchard, WR – Air Force, class of 2017. 

In 2023, the Rock-A-Chaws had a successful season with an overall record of 9-2 and a district record of 4-0. In the opening round of the playoffs, they defeated Crystal Springs but lost to the Tigers of Noxubee County in the second round. The Rock-A-Chaws were recognized with 11 All-District selections, which was the most in the district, and they also received three Player of the Year Awards. Senior QB Ian Gonzalez Rioz was awarded Play of the Year, senior defensive lineman Jacob Bradford received Defensive Player of the Year, and sophomore kicker Evan Noel was awarded Special Teams Player of the Year.

Students are invited to join our winning football tradition.