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ESJ, Landry-Walker conduct situational scrimmage

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  • George Becnel
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  • May 25, 2013 - 12:14pm

East St. John's imposing defensive front gets ready for action in the Wildcats' Spring Game on Friday night against Landry-Walker.


NEW ORLEANS - East St. John coach Phillip Banko saw a lot from his football team in the Wildcat’s Spring Game on Friday night against Landry-Walker at Pan American Stadium.

“We got to get some people in. We’ve solidified one corner spot. We’ve got to work on another safety, which we will. The defensive line looked good and we found some linebackers…our offensive line. I’m just happy,” Banko said.

Landry-Walker has undergone a recent merger, with the school now officially called the L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School.

The early portion of the workout was a situational scrimmage. The teams alternated first and second units, first with a possession beginning at the offense’s 25-yard line. The teams then ran a series of plays in the red zone and goal line. The outing concluded with a 10-minute scrimmage.

“That’s our format. That’s what we would have done if we had had a Black and Gold scrimmage. We wanted to get into situations. About the only thing we didn’t get into was a two-minute drill, but our defense did,” said Banko.

The defenses scored all the points in the 10-minute scrimmage.

On the first play of the Wildcats’ second possession in the 10-minute scrimmage, Landry-Walker defender Malcolm Wilson leaped up to tip a pass by ESJ quarterback Gerald Munoz at the line of scrimmage. Wilson pulled down the ball and raced in for a touchdown.

A punt pinned Landry-Walker at its own 2-yard line later in the scrimmage. After Landry-Walker lost two yards on first down, Wildcat defensive lineman Charlie Payne came up with a tackle in the end zone for a safety. Payne had a forced fumble earlier in the scrimmage.

The Wildcats forced a three-and-out on Landry-Walker’s opening possession of the situational scrimmage. On the second possession, quarterback Li’Jon Cordier tossed a pass to Karon Barnes. A jarring hit by Xavier Lewis stripped the ball away from Barnes for an incompletion.

“It’s a physical game. I came out here trying to be physical,” Lewis said.

In the goal line portion of the scrimmage, Lewis intercepted a pass in the end zone to deny Landry-Walker of points.

 “I just read it. I road his hips, played man and moved my feet. I went up for the ball and made a play,” Lewis said of the interception.

“He’s a great cornerback and we’re happy he’s wearing the black and gold,” Banko said of Lewis.

Along with making big plays on defense, Lewis also split time with Munoz at quarterback.

“Its fun trying to put points on the board for my team and defending the ball, too. I’m just trying to help our team win ball games,” said Lewis.

“He’s learning to play offense,” Banko said of Lewis. “We have to pick and choose our spots. Gerald (Munoz) had a nice ball. It looked like the receiver stopped running or they messed up on the combination route and they intercepted it but that was a nice ball. It was on of the best balls he’s thrown all year. Xavier’s doing a good job but Gerald does some good things, too. We have two starting quarterbacks.”

The first score of the scrimmage came during red zone work when Cordier hit James Cashmere on an 18-yard touchdown pass. ESJ countered on the first play of its red zone possession when Munoz connected with Jared Jackson in the right corner of the end zone from 20 yards out. Both scores were by the respective teams’ first unit offense.

Landry-Walker’s second unit offense scored on back-to-back plays in red zone work on a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes from quarterback Keytaon Thompson to Tirrell Gilmore.

In goal line work, Munoz scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.