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ESJ assures playoff spot with 40-8 beatdown of South Lafourche

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  • Eric Richey
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  • November 03, 2017 - 11:28pm

Alden Foster (M) shakes hands with longtime defensive coordinator Dwayne Davis (L) after ESJ secured a playoff spot with a 40-8 win over South Lafourche.

The way East St. John played Friday night against South Lafourche you would think they were trying to seal a playoff berth.

They were.

With a 40-8 convincing win over the Tarpons, the Wildcats improved to 5-5 on the season and all but assured themselves a spot in the 5A post-season.

"We had a good plan and we executed on both sides of the football," said East St. John coach Alden Foster. "Our backs were against the wall, and (South Lafourche) is a quality football team. We came out and finally finally played a complete football game which we've been trying to do all year long. And that's what you want to do, you want to be playing well going into the playoffs."

East St. John junior quarterback Duke Crosby who missed last week's game at Thibodaux returned to the lineup in a big way with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Shelvin Keller and a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats a 12-0 lead.

A solid game from the East St. John defense was highlighted by a second quarter interception by Kendrell Holmes which was returned for a touchdown.

Turnovers hurt the Tarpon again when with just over one minute remaining in the first half, South Lafourche fumbled on a 4th-and-1 giving the Wildcats another opportunity on offense. That's all it took. On the next play Crosby connected with Javon Antonio who went 72 yards for a touchdown and East St. John took a 27-nothing lead to halftime.

Crosby threw his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter when he found a wide open Prentice Cook for a 42-yard touchdown and East St. John led 33-0.

The Tarpons scored a fourth quarter defensive touchdown when Drake Billiot pounced on a fumble in the end zone. Jake Galjour ran in the two point conversion on a trick play and South Lafourche was on the board trailing 33-8.

East St. John answered when sophomore backup quarterback Lonnie Ellis through a deep ball to Destin Mack who hauled in the pass, made a quick cut and darted into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown to close out the scoring with 5:21 left in the fourth quarter.

The Tarpons close out the regular season 6-4 overall and finished 5-1 in District 7-4A.

The win evens East St. John's overall record at 5-5, as the remain 3-3 in District 7-5A.

"These guys here have been through a lot," said Foster. We finally played a whole game like we did against Destrehan. We were able to establish the run game and stop the run on defense. That's the keys to victory in the playoffs."

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Eric Richey is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor/reporter who has been covering high school football for 25 years.