WSJ too much for Eagles
West St. John blew open a one-possession game with four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to put away St. John of Plaquemine on the way to a 57-21 victory in District 9-1A play on Friday night at COPAC Stadium.
The Rams (5-3, 4-0), last year's state runner-up and currently No. 4 in unofficial power rankings, clung to an 8-point lead early in the second quarter before the explosion that wrapped up a share of the district crown. West St. John outgained the Eagles (1-7, 1-3) in total yardage 385-176 with 247 of it coming on the ground. Neither team had a turnover.
"I think they are the best team we have played this year," St. John coach Mike Dugan said. "They are quite big and fast and well-coached. I would not be surprised if they actually win the state championship this year. I don't know about the other teams around the state but there is nobody that is going to compete with them from around here with their size and speed."
"We were in the game until the second quarter when we had three punts in a row that didn't go well. One was kicked sideways, one was snapped over our head and another was blocked. You give a good team like that the ball at the 35-yard line and they are going to make you pay. I thought our kids came out in the second half and played quite well. We are getting better each week but you just can't make those kind of mistakes against good teams because they will make it count and they did."
Jeremy Jackson rushed for three touchdowns and caught another for West St. John. Ram quarterback Austin Howard threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one score.
Timothy Nelson also caught a touchdown, Kylum Favorite ran for a score and Dontre Turner returned a punt for another.
Devyn Allen and Benjamin Poirrier each rushed for touchdowns for St. John and Hunter Schnebelen threw a touchdown pass to Hayden Hemenway. Tyler St. Germain converted 3-of-3 point after touchdown kicks.
Allen's 1-yard run and St. Germain's kick cut it to 15-7 to open the second quarter before Turner's 5-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown made it 43-7 at halftime.
Jackson had scoring runs of 37, 13 and 12 yards and caught a 13-yard reception for another. Howard's 20-yard touchdown completion to Nelson cracked the scoreboard before his 25-yard run closed out scoring for West St. John.
Poirrier's 18-yard run and St. Germain's kick reflected the final tally in the fourth quarter after Schnebelen's 15-yard touchdown pass to Hemenway in the third.
St. John travels winless Ascension Christian (0-8, 0-4) for the regular season finale on Friday night.
"It wasn't the season our seniors wanted but if they want to go out on a winning note, we have to eliminate the silly mistakes or it is going to turn out like in the past," Dugan said. "It doesn't matter who we are playing. The kids have a great attitude but we are not that good of a team yet to make mistakes and get away with it."