East Iberville shuts out Lions
ST. GABRIEL - East Iberville amassed over 350 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns in the first half to pick up their first District 9-1A victory of the season over Ascension Christian 24-0 for homecoming on Friday night at EIHS.
"Overall, I was pleased with the effort but now we just have to shift into a different mode," East Iberville coach John Young said. "We shot ourselves in the foot in the second half. It was not like the kids got complacent. They tried real hard but turnovers hurt us or otherwise the score could have easily been two or three more touchdowns more. We had opportunities, but dumb mistakes just kept us out of the end zone."
The Tigers (3-3, 1-1) are currently No. 33 in unofficial power ranking for Class 1A. East Iberville's other wins came over South Cameron 26-21 and West Lincoln, Miss. 41-13 against losses to Montgomery 32-19, St. Helena Central 34-6 and White Castle 54-6.
"We have played some real good teams pretty far out," Young said. "We only have 23 guys with about 10 real good football players but we have always tried to play good teams in non-district. Our whole mantra the rest of the way is to not look too far ahead."
East Iberville rushed for 184 yards on 20 attempts against the Lions (0-6, 0-2). Tiger quarterback Junius Chong completed 7-of-12 passes for 185 yards including a 69-yard touchdown pass to Lamont Kerr.
Joseph Bailey rushed for two touchdowns on runs of 25 and 2 yards and Javonta Sherman scored on a 4-yard run.
The Tigers host St. John of Plaquemine (0-6, 0-2) in another District 9-1A matchup on Friday night in St. Gabriel.
"St. John is a well-coached team and not anyone to take lightly but we definitely don't want to be their first win," Young said. "I don't think East Iberville has ever beaten St. John in football, so hopefully, we can pull one out this year."