Rock Stars in Football


Eight Rock-A-Chaws selected to the Sun-Herald All-South Mississippi Football Team (1/2023)

First Team:

RB Chandler Chapman (#11) set a new Rock-A-Chaw season rushing record with 1,833 yards and 17 touchdowns.

OL Ilias Rida (#70) was a force on the offensive line in both run-blocking and pass-protection.

DL Jacob Bradford (#71) recorded 112 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks.

DL Spencer Cornell (#89) had 109 stops, 19 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks.

Second Team:

QB Hudson Osborne (#14) passed for 17 touchdowns and 1,480 yards.

PK Evan Noel (#4) made eight of 13 field goals along with 42 touchbacks in 61 kickoffs

Honorable Mention:

WR Jackson Dicerbo (#23)

DL Bruno Dall (#41)


Rocks Finish Season 7-5

The Rock-A-Chaws’ season ended after a fierce battle with the #1 ranked Raleigh Lions in the second round of the playoffs. At halftime, the Rock-A-Chaws led 12-8 before the Lions rallied for a 30-21 victory. Chandler Chapman ran 80 yards for a touchdown, keeping the Rock-A-Chaws within striking distance. Including his 163 rushing yards tonight, Chapman had 1,831 yards this season, a school record.

Chandler Chapman


Chandler Chapman, ’23 Sets New School Rushing Record

Chandler Chapman set a new school record for rushing yards in a single season after rushing 15 times for 164 yards in the Rock’s win over Port Gibson on November 4, 2022. Chandler’s total of 1,668 yards surpassed Bennett Rimmer’s previous record of 1,647 yards set in 2011. Chandler finished the season with 1,831 rushing yards to set the school record.

Chandler Chapman


Joseph Bradford, ’22, Commits to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Joe Bradford committed to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A 6’1″ 285-lb offensive lineman, Bradford was a second team All-State selection.

Jordan Bradford, Joe Bradford, and Yara Bradford


Ryan Tyler, ’22, Commits to Jones County Junior College

Ryan Tyler committed to Jones County Junior College. A 6’3″ 235-lb linebacker, Tyler was a second team All-State selection.

Ken Tyler, Ryan Tyler, and Angela Tyler


QB Myles Brennan, ’17, Commits to LSU 

After finishing his senior season with 3,941 yards and 48 touchdowns and three interceptions, Saint Stanislaus QB Myles Brennan headed to LSU to compete for the QB position. Myles was also named Mr. Football in Mississippi Class 4A. 

Coach Bill Conides chats with QB Myles Brennan


TE Darius Pittman, ’17, Commits to Purdue 

Pittman caught 61 passes for 690 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior season.


WR Corbin Blanchard, ’17, Commits to U.S. Air Force Academy 

Corbin Blanchard led the team with 793 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns to go along with 43 receptions.


TE Chase Rogers, ’17, Commits to Louisiana-Lafayette 

In four seasons at SSC, the tight end proved to be a reliable pass catcher for the Rock-A-Chaws, recording 216 receptions for 3,729 yards and 44 touchdowns. Rogers’ yardage and touchdowns are both Mississippi records. 


dl jordan bradford, ’15, commits to louisiana tech University bulldogs


OL Ryan Gibson, ’15, Commits to California Golden Bears


Saint Stanislaus wins the class 4a south state championship


Saint Stanislaus wins the Class 4A South State Championship


Saint Stanislaus wins the Class 4A State Championship


Shannon Garrett ’90 Stars in the Canadian League 

Shannon Garrett was a four-year college football starter at Mississippi College and was nominated as an All-American, All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) and All-GSC Academic. He was inducted in the Mississippi College Hall of Fame in April 2008. 

Shannon Gilbert


Saint Stanislaus Makes First Trip to State Playoffs 

The 8-4 Rock-A-Chaws made their first trip ever to the state playoffs under head coach Ken Lyons. The Rock-A-Chaws started that season with an 18-15 trip overtime win against Pass Christian and ended with a 13-6 loss to South Pike in the state playoffs.


SSC abandons independent status in football and joins ranks of division 8 class 4a

1964 & 1967

Independent State Football Champs 

Led by Coach Billy Murphy, the SSC Rocks won the Independent State Football Championship. 


Felix “Doc” Blanchard, SSC ’42, Wins the Heisman Trophy 

Fullback Felix “Doc” Blanchard, ’42, led the 1941 SSC football team to an undefeated regular season, the Gulf Coast Championship, and an invitation to the Toy Bowl. At the U.S. Military Academy, where he was named All-American in football three times, Doc led West Point to a 27-0-1 record between 1944-46. While still a junior in 1945, Doc won the coveted Heisman Trophy as well as the Maxwell Award as America’s outstanding football player.   

Felix ”Doc” Blanchard wins Heisman


Brother Romuald Starts a Marching Band 

Capitalizing on the strong interest in athletics that prevailed on campus, Brother Romuald started a marching band in 1935 that performed at half-time shows of football games.


First Homecoming Called Dads’ & Grads’ Day 

Saint Stanislaus celebrated its first Dads’ & Grads’ Day November 23, 1924. It was a special time for grads to renew friendships with Brothers and classmates, and to retell the escapades of their carefree days at Saint Stanislaus. The day was also an opportunity for dads to meet with their sons’ teachers. More than 400 men rode a chartered train from New Orleans, while others motored to the Bay from surrounding states. The day’s events included a parade through town, a tour of the campus, a barbecue lunch, a football game, and an evening reception and address by recently installed Bishop Richard Gerow in the school’s new gym-auditorium. 


Saint Stanislaus Develops Many Nationally Known Football Stars 

Among the famous football players were Johnny Soule, ’19, who played at West Point; Coty Rosenblath, ’20, All-Southern at Centenary; Sam Cerniglia, ’22, all-star at Loyola; Bill Cassidy, ’25, who played for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame; Marchmont Schwartz, ’27, Notre Dame’s All-American back in 1930 and 1931 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame; Henry “Zeke” Bonura, ’27, stand-out at Loyola; Harry Glover, ’28 who starred for Tulane in the 1930 Rose Bowl and later coached at SSC; and John Scafide, ’29, also a Tulane star. 


Undefeated Football Team Outscores Opponents 254-28 

The Rock-A-Chaws win their first of five Gulf Coast championships. 


Football Team Became Known as the Rock-A-Chaws 

Credit for coining the title belongs to Brother Macarius Pierce, SSC principal, who organized a Boosters Club in 1916 to cheer for the team.  Within a few years, the name Rock-A-Chaws was used for all SSC athletes, and the Rock-A-Chaw became the school mascot. 


First Football Game Played at Saint Stanislaus 

On October 12, 1916, The Rock-A-Chaws played host to the New Orleans Ramblers, an athletic club, and routed the Ramblers 82-0.


Saint Stanislaus Changes School Colors to Red and Black 

As organized school sports developed, team players began wearing uniforms depicting the school colors. The former colors of pink and green were not considered manly, and the school changed its colors to red and black. 


Forster Commagere Hired 

Forster Commagere was hired as the first full-time coach by Saint Stanislaus. A coach for all seasons, he trained student-athletes in football, baseball, basketball, track, and cross county. Commagere, a former Tulane football star, is credited with the development of some of Saint Stanislaus’s greatest athletic legends.

Quick SSC Football Facts 

In 100 years of play, the Rocks have produced seven professional football players, five All-Americans, 24 All-State players, and numerous All-Division/All-Conference players. 

During the first 100+ years of gridiron play, the team collected Gulf Coast championships in 1919, 1929, 1938, 1941 and 1948. The Rocks advanced to post-season bowl games in 1938 (Toy Bowl), 1941 (Toy Bowl), 1948 (CYO Bowl), 1950 (Cypress Bowl), 1952 (Shrimp Bowl), 1975 (Jaycee Bowl), 1984 (Wendall Ladner Bowl) and 2015 (Shrimp Bowl). 

SSC entered the division standings in football in 1989 and advanced to the state playoffs in 1990, 1998, 2002-04, 2006-11 and 2013 to present. They have a playoff record of 20-16 with five Division 8-4A titles (2004, 2009, 2013, 2015-16), three Class 4A South State titles (2009, 2014, 2015) and one Class 4A state championship (2009).