- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- September 16, 2017 - 1:11am
Photo Credit: Jarrod Monaret/La Sports Photography
East St. John managed to move the ball against visiting McDonogh 35 but was unable to get the ball into the end zone in a 28-0 loss to the Roneagles on Friday night at Joe Keller Stadium.
Playing the second of four-consecutive home games, the Wildcats (1-2) marched inside the Roneagles’ 20-yard line four times in the first half but was unable to score.
“We just couldn’t punch it in. That’s what is aggravating. It’s frustrating,” East St. John coach Alton Foster said.
Trailing 8-0, East St. John advanced near the McDonogh 35 end zone with the clock running down in the closing seconds of the first half. A quarterback sneak for no gain, followed by an offside penalty and an illegal procedure call helped to keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard.
“That can change the whole football game. Not only if we score right before the half; we get the ball coming out in the second half,” Foster.
A 6-yard run by highly-touted Joe Foucha out of the wildcat formation made it 15-0 in the third quarter.
Later in the second half, Roneagles quarterback Le’John Howard threw a pair of long touchdown passes to Sidney Wilson. Both came on third-and-9 situations.
The four trips into the red zone showed East St. John’s ability to move the ball against McDonogh 35 but mistakes played a big role in keeping the Wildcats out of the end zone.
“We moved it but we still had way too many penalties. When you do that against good football teams, it hurts you. After seeing them on film, we may actually have moved the ball better than anybody they have faced,” Foster said.