• John Macon Gillespie

Rogers Getting Even Better

St. Stanislaus has found themselves sitting alone atop of the 4A South for the past two seasons. A large part of their success comes from their high-powered offense. The Rock-a-Chaw quarterback, Myles Brennan throws the ball all over the field but to no player more than his tight end Chase Rogers.

Rogers is coming off of his best season yet catching 81 passes for 1,462 yards and 19 touchdowns. The rising senior feels the 2015 season went well but admits it didn’t end the way they had hoped.

“It went really well,” Rogers told SES Mississippi. “We started off slow with some tough teams but we fought through adversity and got it going. We executed really well in our passing game spreading the ball out and ended up with 5,200 passing yards and fell short in the state championship but we are looking to come back strong this coming year.”

St. Stanislaus has dropped the 4A State Championship game two years in a row, each time to Noxubee County. Rogers says it makes them eager to get back out on the field but cannot allow it to shake their focus.

“We are hungry no doubt about it,” Rogers explained. “We just take it one day at a time continuing to get better every day whether it be from early morning workouts every morning at 6:59 before school since the week after we lost until the season or just film study that we do everyday on learning defenses and how coverages are evolving every year.”

Rogers has 155 catches for nearly 2,700 yards in his career. When he and quarterback Myles Brennan are in the zone, there isn’t a defense out there that can slow them down. Ask Vancleave and Long Beach. In those two games combined, Rogers had 20 catches for 345 yards and seven scores.

Rogers says his relationship with his quarterback goes way back.

“Being friends since we were kids and growing up together has played a big role,” Rogers expressed. “We have always been close but I think the most credit goes to him and I working everyday to get better. Everyday after school we go throw and work on footwork and route running. We just gain a stronger bond and connection everyday.”

Statistically Rogers has accomplished more than most players could ever dream of and believe it or not, he has a whole season left to add to his totals.

Rogers is one of the games top rated tight ends. He will be putting his talents on display this spring and summer.

“The 2016 Nike Football Opening regionals in New Orleans on April 10th and for the summer we are planning to take a west coast trip to visit and attend some of the one day combines over there. I’m not sure what else, we haven't planned anything yet.”

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA

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