Erath rallies to edge Eagles

St. John's Hunter Schnebelen rushes against Episcopal earlier in the season. Schnebelen rushed for 142 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles 17-16 loss to Erath on Friday night.
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ERATH - St. John the Evangelist High School took a 13-point halftime lead before Erath scored two unanswered second half touchdowns to claim a 17-16 non-district victory on Friday night.

The Class 1A Eagles (0-5), under coach Oliver "Cricket" Crockett, outgained the 3A Bobcats (1-4) 293-250 in total yardage with 281 yards coming on the ground.

"Our guys played their hearts out," Crockett said. "We were very overmatched but we had our chances and should have come away with a victory.

"Our team has gotten better every week and we hope to continue with that effort this week. It will mark the first game we have played against someone from our own classification this season."

War Eagle quarterback Hunter Schnebelen rushed 142 yards and one touchdown on 22 attempts. Benjamin Poirrier added 72 yards and one score on 12 attempts.

Bobcat quarterback Elijah Mitchell countered with 180 yards and two touchdowns on 16 attempts.

St. John jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Tyler St. Germain in the first quarter. Kullen Romero's 24-yard field goal tied it 3-3 in the second quarter.

Poirrier's 3-yard touchdown burst put the Eagles back ahead before Schnebelen added a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. St. Germain's point after touchdown kick gave St. John a 16-3 halftime lead.

Mitchell scored on runs from 3 and 15 yards in third and fourth quarters and Romero's kicks reflected the final tally.

St. John scored late in the fourth but it was negated.

"It was called back on a very controversial call," Crockett said.

St. John opens District 8-1A against blood rival Ascension Catholic on Friday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.