BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — St. Stanislaus has set a blistering pace this fall on the football field — and not just with its 4-0 start.
Try 46.0 points a game. Or quarterback Tyler Allen's school record 63 pass attempts in a 49-45 win over St. Martin. Or wide receiver Brennen Bradley setting a school record with 13 catches against St. Martin.
It's a spread offense, and a defensive effort, that makes St. Stanislaus a contender in Region 8-4A.
"We like to mimic Oregon's and Texas A&M's fast tempo," Allen said. "We practice that way and it rolls over to the game. We like to snap it on 24 (on the play clock)."
St. Stanislaus head coach Gabe Fertitta has seen his team rebound from a winless season in 2012, and has energized the Rockachaw faithful.
"This school has had a history of producing great quarterbacks and great spread offenses," Fertitta said. "It's sort of our MO at St. Stanislaus. We try to stay on the cutting edge of what is going on. We were doing this last year, but our players were a year younger.
"First, our offensive coordinator Bill Conides has done a fantastic job with the offense. We've developed the scheme and system, and it is starting to pay dividends. Our offensive line prides itself on being physical in what is called a finesse offense.
"The way we play offense — going real fast and throwing the ball a lot and running a lot of plays — we have to have different expectations for our defense. They really play five quarters of football with the way we run our offense."
Allen has completed 101 of 159 passes for 1,551 yards and 19 touchdowns in four games this season. He has some excellent receivers in Bradley (34 for 614 yards and 7 TDs), Chase Rhodes (32 for 304 yards and 5 TDs) and Chase Zimmerman (19 catches for 352 yards and 5 TDs).
Zimmerman had the game-winning TD catch against St. Martin.
"As a player in high school, as a player in college and in coaching now — and I'm in my 8th year of coaching — that ranks right up there at the top in all-time games I've been involved in," Fertitta said. "Their kids fought to the bitter end. Our kids fought to the bitter end. Either way — whether we had won or loss — I would have been proud of our kids.
"Defensively, when we needed big stops, our defense came up with big stops.
"When the game was on the line at the very end, St. Martin called a timeout and all my defensive players came to the sideline. I reminded them of two instances this summer in 7-on-7 that we were in the championship game of big tournaments and lost on the last play of both.
"All of them looked at me like 'Coach, that isn't happening.' Then we got a couple of big stops to end the game."
Linebacker Joe Guillot leads the defense with 43 tackles.
"It's fun compared to last year because we've made more stops and given the offense a chance to score more points," Guillot said. "Our defense has kept high intensity.
"This is my senior year. It is a good year to go out and keep this going. It's a good way to remember our senior year and the younger guys can build off this. It's awesome to walk the hall and bow your chest out about this great thing we have going on at St. Stanislaus."
As for Allen, his arm might have been slightly sore after the win at St. Martin. But nothing topped the win.
"We knew it would be a dogfight," he said. "Coach called the right play (on Zimmerman's TD). The receivers were pretty much covered. There was pressure coming. I got it out to Chase he caught it and went into end zone. It's a routine play we run all the time."
Next up this Friday is Sumrall at home and a chance to go 5-0 before region play begins.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com