No. 3 seed Country Day blanks Eagles in regionals

St. John's Hunter Schnebelen scrambles against Ascension Catholic this season. The Eagles fell to Country Day 35-0 in the Division IV select regional playoffs Friday. 
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METAIRIE – St. John the Evangelist High School was held scoreless in a 35-0 Division IV select regional playoff loss to Metairie Park-Country Day on Friday night.

The No. 19 seeded Eagles (4-8), under coach Oliver "Crickett" Crockett, were held to just 119 yards of total offense, while the third-seeded Cajuns racked up 347 total yards. Country Day (10-1) advances to face St. Frederick in the quarterfinals.

"We just really couldn't get anything going offensively or defensively," Crockett said. "They were just so explosive and ran the veer so well. They were a senior laden team and handled us up front on both sides of the ball. That was the difference in the game.

"We definitely are proud of the progress we made this year from where we started. It was a tough schedule to start with but we just played so poorly at the beginning of the year. It took a while but I am proud of them. I wish we could have gone another week but it is something to build on for next year and we have a lot of kids coming back."

St. John senior quarterback Hunter Schnebelen completed 9-of-24 passes for 94 yards as the Eagles where held to just 25 yards rushing on 26 attempts.

Andrew Kern led the Cajuns with 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Kern got things started with a 79-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Jackson Jansen's point after touchdown kick put Country Day ahead 7-0. Kern then connected with Christian Wolf for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

"Our offense was able to score early, which makes it a little easier to stay with the game plan and our defense came to play," Country Day coach Richard Wood said.

Robert Livaudais' 9-yard touchdown reception from Michael Mann and Kern's 42-yard touchdown run put the Cajuns ahead 28-0 at halftime.

Jase Griffin's 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter reflected the final tally.