It’s a familiar foe for Purvis, but with the amount of turnover that Pass Christian has had with their coaching and roster, it’s essentially a new team.
After an 8-4 season, former coach Blake Pennock, who spent one season with the Pirates, left for the head coach job at Ocean Springs.
Under Pennock, the Pirates averaged 34 points per game and heavily relied on their senior quarterback Dustin Allison, who threw 3,123 yards and 35 touchdowns. The Pirates also have to replace their top three leading rushers, who combined for 1,504 yards and 17 touchdowns and the team’s leading receiver Andrew Moffett, who hauled in 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns. Notably, Pass Christian defeated Purvis 39-36 last year.
Taking over the job this season is Chase Carmody, who had been Pearl’s defensive coordinator. According to Hankins, he expects Pass Christian to become a more run-heavy team.
“I think they have a good coach,” Hankins said. “They are going to be doing a different scheme. They are coming off a successful year, and we are going to have to play real well for a chance to win down there.
“This year, especially with the quarterback they had graduating, I don’t know how much they will throw it. Last year they wanted to throw it, and this year I think it may be run more oriented than throw orientated. I think it’ll be some version of the spread. We’re looking at some of the stuff they ran Pearl and trying to get ready with some of the things they did up there and see what they brought to Pass Christian.”
Hankins is not sure what to expect from Pass Christian’s new offense and is not sure who will be their starting quarterback. His best guess is that the Pirates’ top returning receiver Kameron White, who totaled 1,009 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, will play quarterback.
“I think they may put (White) at quarterback, Hankins said. “He is a tremendous athlete. That’s kind of the scary thing with this being the first game of the year and new staff for us. We are trying to prepare for multiple things. We are prepared for an athlete at quarterback that wants to pull the ball down and run. That’s the thing with the first ball game, and looking at stuff they could do, you just have to stay very basic.”
Defensively, Hankins expects Pass Christian to run a similar scheme and that the Pirates will be much faster on defense.
“Well, I think defensively they’ll still be kind of the same like they were last year,” Hankins said. “They ran a 50-front last year, and they had some good linebackers in there. Now they are trying to get more speed on the field. They have taken two of their kids who played safety last year and moved them to linebacker. They have got some guys who can really run on the defensive side. I would think defensively that they are going to be pretty stout. Coach Carmody was their defensive coordinator at pearl. They’ll be a good club, and it’ll be a test for sure.”
Last season at Pearl, Carmody’s defense held teams to 20 points per game. His team also had two shutouts last season. Pass Christian, notably, allowed 27 points per game last season.
For Hankins, his main plan is to make sure that any of his team issues are cleaned up for Friday and to ensure that his offensive line remains efficient.
“We have to clean up a bunch of stuff and become more crisp,” Hankins said. “Offensively, we have to better upfront. We have to take care of the football. We are just going to have to shorten ball games and do the best we can with what we have got.”