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WSJ earns first win of season with 34-0 blanking of Hurricanes

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  • September 09, 2017 - 2:56am

File photosBrandon Walters and his West St. John Rams bounced back from the St. James loss in emphatic fashion with a 34-0 drubbing of South Plaquemines on Friday night.

South Plaquemines was the unlucky foe to take on a West St. John team with something to prove Friday night.

After suffering a heartbreaking 36-33 defeat a week ago against rival St. James, the Rams took their frustrations out on South Plaquemines with a 34-0 blanking of the visiting Hurricanes.

“We kind of had a sour taste in our mouth and we wanted to come out and have a good stand and finish at the end and show that we could play a sound game in all three phases. I really think we did that. We really looked better in all aspect of the game,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.

West St. John (1-0) took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 5-yard pass from quarterback D’andre Gaudia to Aason Moll.

A safety increased the Rams’ lead to 8-0 after one quarter.

Nico Davis scored on runs of 2 and 10 yards in the second quarter as West St. John staked a 2-0 halftime lead.

West St. John added two more scores in the fourth quarter.

A 20-yard pass from Gaudia to Trenton Grow made it 26-0.

West St. John rounded out the scoring on a 54-yard run by Kylan Duhe and a two-point conversion for the 34-0 final.

The Rams managed to score 34 points despite several players missing from the lineup, including a pair of offensive linemen.

“Center Brett Bailey was out. We had an injury to one of our receivers, so we just has to move some people around and kind of make some other guys step up and play. It worked out pretty well,” said Walters.

A pair of sophomores, Jalen Walker and Corbert Jackson saw action at center. Kelon Gardner moved over from defense to help out on the offensive line.

Gardner was among the defenders who tossed a shutout of the Hurricanes.

“We were able to do some successful things last week and they have been taking pride each week in basically stifling other offenses and not allowing them to cross the 50-yard line. It plays a big role with our field position and special teams game. It’s been working for us. Our guys take a lot of pride in being able to get you off the field in three plays or try to get you to punt. We are having a lot of success with our front six and rotating some of those younger guys in,” Walters said.

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