St. John Eagles break their 20-game losing streak with overwhelming 59-0 win over Ridgewood

St. John's Pete Anderson runs away from defenders during a scrimmage last month, much like his fellow Eagles ran away from last Friday's opponent.

After two seasons, three coaches and 20 losses, St. John’s Eagles broke their long chain of losing with an offensive onslaught to win in dramatic fashion with 59-0 win over Ridgewood High last Friday night. 

The game reflects a coaching and philosophy and delighted faithful – but beleaguered – Eagle fans.

“I was really glad to be a part of that big win,” said first year Head Coach Eric Holden “The kids played inspired football and seem to be getting a winning attitude.”

The coach said he believes the change is in large part because of “how well they’re practicing.”

The Eagles were explosive primarily through its passing game, the foundation of the team’s new philosophy, but it’s running game was hot too.

Quarterback Adam Blanchard was on fire, throwing four touchdown passes, but St. John scored in almost every way possible.

And seemingly, every time the Eagles got the ball.

Justin Rivet not only was the recipient of two of the Eagles’ touchdown passes, but he also executed an 80-yard kickoff return.

Running back Cobie Lockett showed off his talent with 75 yards rushing, including a touchdown dash, against Ridgewood.

Adam Theriot, running back on offense and free safety on defense, caught a touchdown pass as did a number of other St. John’s players.

The list included wide receiver Pete Anderson, Collin Barbee snatched one, wide receiver Grant Blanchard caught one and Isaiah Jones caught two touchdown passes and scored another six points another on the ground.

The St. John Eagles will travel to Merryville High for their game this Friday night, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.