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Passing game clicks in ESJ’s 35-12 league win over Central Lafourche

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  • September 23, 2017 - 7:02am

File photosAlden Foster and his East St. John Wildcats got District 7-5A play off to a winning start with a 35-12 victory over Central Lafourche on Friday night.

East St. John’s passing game was clicking as the Wildcats took a 35-12 victory over visiting Central Lafourche in the District 7-5A opener Friday night at Joe Keller Stadium.

“In this district you have to come out ready to play. That was huge to get off to a 1-0 start with homecoming next week. We want to take that momentum and try and build on it.” East St. John coach Alden Foster said.

Javon Antonio had eight catches for 146 yards and a touchdown while Cameron Grant hauled in five passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

“Dasmain (Crosby) did a great job of just spreading it around. We started out trying to run it and we had some trouble so we decided to spread them out and Crosby did a good job of running the show,” Foster said of his quarterback.

After a scoreless first quarter, East St. John (2-2 overall, 1-0 in district) grabbed a 6-0 lead at the 8:44 mark of the second quarter on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Crosby to Grant.

East St. John made it 14-0 with 4:20 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Antonio to Hoxie Brown and a two-point conversion pass from Crosby to Shelvin Keller.

“We put (Antonio) at tailback and we knew he would get the attention and they (the Trojans) would suck up, and they did. We just threw a little pop pass to the tight end,” Foster explained.

Devontay Morgan sacked the Central Lafourche quarterback in the end zone with less than 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter to extend the Wildcats’ halftime lead to 16-0.

“The safety gave us a little cushion and we came out in the second half and executed and made a few big plays to give us a little more cushion,” said Foster.

The added cushion in the third quarter came on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Crosby to Antonio and an 8-yard scoring strike to Grant that made it 29-0 entering the fourth quarter.

“That was big to build on (the halftime lead),” Foster said. “The defense played solid for the most part. We gave up a few years but we had a bend-but-don’t-break defense tonight.”

Central Lafourche (1-3 overall, 0-1 in district) got on the scoreboard with 9:56 left in the game on a 5-yard run by David Robinson to make it 29-6.

The Trojans recovered an on-side kick but fumbled the ball away. Morgan scooped up the loose ball and raced 52 yards for a touchdown.

“That sophomore will be real good,” Foster said of Morgan. “He had a great night for us. It could have gone either way there. They could have gotten the momentum when we got the fumble recovery and scored, that took the wind out of their sails.”

Central Lafourche scored with less than a minute remaining in the game on a 4-yard run by Payton Laredo to account for the 35-12 final.

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