- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- November 18, 2017 - 7:49am
West St. John will be home for the holidays.
The Rams’ 44-2 victory over visiting East Iberville advanced West St. John to the Class 1A quarterfinals next week.
It past years, the Rams almost always seemed to be taking a long road trip for a game the day after Thanksgiving. Thanks to being the No. 1 seed, West St. John will be at home when it takes on Jonesboro-Hodge next Friday in Edgard.
West St. John and Jonesboro-Hodge each had what amounted to two home playoff games to start the postseason with the Rams’ opening-round bye factored in. Since both teams were considered being at home the first two weeks, West St. John, as the higher seed, gets to host Jonesboro-Hodge, the No. 8 seed.
“Traditionally, we’ve had to hit the road for as long as I can remember,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said. “This is a pivotal game in the playoffs to be able to get over this hump for us. In the past two years, it’s been a stumbling for us so we are looking at it as a week of serious concentration and focus being that it’s the holidays and we have to come out and give our best.”
Jonesboro-Hodge advanced to the quarterfinals with a 48-8 win over Elton, the No. 8 seed.
West St. John’s offense once again put a lot of points on the board in its win over East Iberville but the Rams’ defense was just as formidable.
The Rams (9-2) held East Iberville (6-6) to 19 yards rushing and 19 passing and a total of three first downs. One of the first downs came via penalty.
“We had some people that were out and even the guys that came in to fill in for them and doing it by committee they are still having the same level of success. We have a few young kids on the defense and they are picking it up pretty well and it helps to be playing around a lot of veteran guys. Those linemen we have up front makes it real hard for a lot of people to get things done of what they want to do,” said Walters.
Kylan Duhe rushed for 121 yards and Nico Roy 104, with each runner scoring two touchdowns for the Rams. Dontrell Davis rushed for 66 yards a touchdown.
West St. John sophomore quarterback D’andre Gaudia was 5 of 11 passing for 99 yards.
“The quarterback got touched a little bit. We just want to make sure we give him the protection he needs. He needs to recognize certain things and make his adjustment and sometimes his youth kicks back in and we have to make sure we keep him under control and limit the things he sees that presents negative results for him,” Walters said.
Touchdown runs of 48 yards by Duhe and 1 yard by Roy gave West St. John a 13-0 lead with 7:27 still remaining in the first quarter.
The only points surrendered by the Rams came on a safety after West St. John had been pinned inside its 5-yard line on a punt.
Roy followed with a 7-yard touchdown run to give WSJ a 19-2 lead after one quarter.
A 37-yard touchdown run by Wantrell Williams at the 9:37 mark of the second quarter provided the only other scoring of the first half as the Rams took a 25-2 lead to the locker room.
Duhe scored on a 1-yard run and a 24-yard pass from Gaudia to Aason Moll gave West St. John a 38-2 lead after three quarters.
Davis added the game’s final touchdown on a 25-yard run with 4:28 left in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin.