St. John routs Central Catholic, awaits Riverside for Homecoming

Tryve Brackin
TWO IN A ROW…Senior offensive lineman D.J. Pearce, left, (79) and senior back Shelby Hemenway (4) enjoyed their second-straight gridiron victory last Thursday. The (2-1) Eagles beat Central CHS on the road 34-6 and play their home opener tonight (Thursday) at Green Devil Stadium against Riverside Academy.

Scientists say dinosaurs are the ancestors of birds. If that is the case it would not be too farfetched to say the Class 2-A St. John High Eagles acted like T-Rex last Thursday down in Morgan City as they romped to a 34-6 victory over hosting Class A Central Catholic High.

Coach Tut Musemeche’s Eagles muscled their way to an overpowering second season victory and moved their overall mark to 2-1 as they prepared early this week to host fellow 2-A Riverside Academy at Green Devil Stadium tonight (Thursday). It will be the little ole’ Tyrannosaurus-Rex’s home opener, delayed an entire month due to Hurricane Gustav.

After being pushed around in a 28-0 post-Ike contest by much-improved 3-A Brusly High, the Eagles got physical, especially in the final period of play, and beat 2-A University High on the road 20-13. And, last Thursday, they battered the hosting CCMC boys from the start, building a 27-0 halftime lead.

St. John used a strong ground game, rushing for 391 yards and all five of their touchdowns. They added another 77 yards in the air, hitting 5 of 14 passes. The locals ended up grinding out 25 first downs and dominated the time of possession as a result.

Senior Shelby Hemenway and junior Josh Johnson scored two touchdowns apiece, while senior T.J. Williams added another rushing score.

Johnson scored first on a one-yard plunge in the first period, then later in the stanza, Williams broke free and rambled 37 yards to make it a 12-0 SJHS lead. Senior Guy Morgan had a two-point conversion run after the second score to increase the led to 14-0.

The second quarter was the time for Hemenway to shine and put points on the scoreboard. He broke free and tallied on a pair of 28-yard runs. Senior lineman Kyle Osmer hit one of two PATs in the period and SJHS led 27-0 at intermission.

Johnson scored his second TD of the game on a 5-yard run in the third quarter and Osmer added another PAT to give the Eagles a 34-0 lead before the start of the final period.

Central CHS scored its only points late in the third period on a pass from Andrew Templet to Barry Walker, covering 21 yards. Central finished with only 46 yards rushing and 159 yards in the air. Templet hit on 21 of 34 passes. CCMC had ten first downs and lost one fumble. St. John had a pass intercepted and lost a fumble. The Eagles never punted in the contest.

Tonight the Eagles face a Riverside team they beat last year on the road. The 2-A Rebels have a very experienced line returning this season to go with some key skill position returnees, however, they lost their longtime running back standout Jarid Ceasar to graduation. The game will match a pair of new coaches at their respective schools as SJHS’ Musemeche goes up against newcomer Tim Taffi at Riverside.

The Rebels should give the Eagles good 2-A competition before tangling with traditional 1-A power Kentwood and then beginning District 7-2A play in three weeks.