Eagles drop ACH in season finale
GONZALES - St. John of Plaquemine jumped out to a two-touchdown halftime lead and coasted to a 31-10 District 9-1A victory over winless Ascension Christian in the regular season finale on Friday night.
The Eagles (2-7, 2-3) had four different players score touchdowns and just missed out on the postseason finishing No. 35 in official power rankings released by the LHSAA. It marked the first time traditional power St. John missed the playoffs since 1997.
"Every team we lost to is in the playoffs," St. John coach Mike Dugan said. "You always want to end with a win and every year you want your last game to be a victory. Unfortunately, we came up a little short at making the playoffs but we played with a lot of effort and I think we got better each week.
"We would give a couple of those teams a different game today because the nights that we played them, we just weren't executing and they were. Losing is not fun but you have to execute to win. The kids didn't quit and finished strong and that is the important thing."
Eagle quarterback Hunter Schnebelen scored on a 1-yard sneak and Ben Poirrier had a 5-yard touchdown run against Ascension Christian (0-9, 0-5). Gavin Landry scored on an 80-yard run and Colby Landry had a 40-yard touchdown run. Tyler St. Germain also kicked a 37-yard field goal.
"The future definitely looks better," Dugan said. "It is just about getting better in every facet and it starts in the weight room. We made huge gains this past summer but I want even bigger next year. We are looking forward to it.
"By being better conditioned and stronger than some of the teams we face is why St. John has always been successful in the past. We might not have better athletes but we are definitely going to wear you down."