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ESJ rallies past Terrebonne to stay in hunt for district championship

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  • October 14, 2017 - 9:32am

File photosEast St. John coach Alden Foster saw his team rally from a 10-point second-half deficit for a 36-28 District 7-5A triumph over Terrebonne on Friday night.


East St. John quarterback Dasmain Crosby tossed five touchdown passes and the Wildcats needed every one of them in a 36-28 victory over Terrebonne in District 7-5A play Friday night at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma.

“We needed all of them and Javon Antonio had the big game we’ve been waiting for him to have. We battled through it and overcame a sluggish start against a good football team,” East St. John coach Alden Foster said.

The Wildcats (4-3 overall, 3-1 in district) rallied from 10 points down in the second half to pull out the win to set up a showdown next Friday at home against Hahnville, which is unbeaten in league play.

“That was our goal. We knew we had to go into a hostile environment against a great football team and to come out with that win. Hats off to the kids; the character they showed to come out and come back after being down after a tough week last week,” Foster said.

For a while, it looked as though East St. John might have to rally back from a 17-point deficit.

Terrebonne (5-2 overall, 1-2 in district) led 28-18 when an interception by Mason Turner of a Crosby pass gave the Tigers the ball at the East St. John 20-yard line late in the third quarter.

The Wildcats dodged a major bullet when a fumble by Terrebonne running back KeShawn James ended the threat.

Crosby, who topped 350 yards passing, connected with receiver Javon Antonio on a 73-yard scoring strike on the final play of the third quarter to pull the Wildcats to within four points at 28-24 heading into the final period of play.

The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up a 32-yard strike from Crosby to Antonio that put East St. John up 30-28 only seconds into the fourth quarter. Antonio topped 150 yards in receptions and scored three touchdowns.

“We called a reaction play. Once they fumbled the next kickoff, we came back to Javon again and he made a big play,” said Foster.

A fumble recovery by Terrebonne linebacker Dillion Babin seemed to give the Tiger new life but THS returned the favor moments later when East St. John linebacker D’Andrea Pittman recovered a James fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 36-28 with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

Terrebonne built a 21-12 halftime lead on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ja’khi Douglas to James and touchdowns run of 33 and 25 yards by Chaz Ward.

East St. John countered with Crosby touchdown passes of 30 yards to Antonio and 2 yards to tight end Hoxie Brown.

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