St. John moves to top spot in Class A football

Tryve Brackin

A loss by previous number one-ranked South Plaquemines High and a pair of solid victories by the St. John High pushed the local Eagles into the top spot in the Class A prep football poll Tuesday.

The local SJHS club beat 2-A Pope John Paul II handily last Thursday by a 39-10 count. They topped 4-A Belaire 38-0 the previous week for a 2-0 start to their 2009 season.

Previously ranked second in the initial 1-A poll, the St. John boys moved up to the top spot when defending two-time state champ South Plaquemines High lost last Friday to non-ranked 5-A John Ehret High by an 18-13 score.

SJHS Coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche told an area daily newspaper reporter than he and the school appreciated the votes by the La. Sportswriters Assn., but in his mind the defending champion South Plaquemines team is still the top club in the classification until someone in Class A beats them. He hinted that polls don’t bring championships and as a coach he is working his Eagle club toward being ready for competition in district and the state playoffs.

The last time St. John was ranked first in Class A was in 2006 when that year’s football team was on the top of the LSWA poll for six weeks and made it all the way to the state championship game, where the Eagles lost to Evangel Christian and had to settle for state runner-up honors.

While SJHS took over the top spot, South Plaquemines only dropped one spot, replacing the Plaquemine school in the second slot. Also losing were third, fourth, and fifth ranked Haynesville, Oak Grove, and Varnado. That vaulted future St. John district rival West St. John (2-0) to the third-place position, which puts an immediate “flag” on the 8-A meeting between the two clubs on Nov. 6, if they remain solid winners until then. West St. John beat previous 3-A fourth-ranked St. James as well as 5-A Bonnabel High to win its first two games in impressive fashion.

OTHER PARISH ACTION:

Plaquemine High moved to a 2-0 start for the first time in several seasons by slipping by 4-A visitor Glen Oaks by a 21-20 score. The Green Devil defense put up a strong stand at the end of the game to preserve the victory. Turnovers erased an early 14-0 PHS lead.

East Iberville High slipped to 1-1 with a lopsided 40-14 loss to visiting 2-A Dunham School, while White Castle High fell to 0-2 with a 44-12 loss to 2-A eighth-ranked Donaldsonville High. The EIHS Tigers garnered a pair of TD pass grabs by Jonathan Belvin, but could not run the ball effectively against the Dunham defense, while the visitors’ offense rolled up over 300 yards rushing.

White Castle got touchdown runs from Tyree Bracken and Gerad Carlin, but could not stop several big play runs by the D’ville offense.