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Rams face tough challenge from Varnado in WSJ 24-6 triumph

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  • October 20, 2018 - 3:06am

File photosThe Rams of West St. John coach Brandon Walters were in a tough battle with the Varnado Wildcats before pulling out a 24-6 District 8-1A road win Thursday night.

It was once again a dominating rushing attack and a suffocating defense for West St. John as the Rams defeated Varnado 24-6 in District 8-1A play Thursday night, extending WSJ’s winning streak to five games. 

Each member of the Rams’ rushing committee - Kylan Duhe, Wantrell Williams and Niko Roy, found the end zone against the struggling Wildcats. 

The opening score of the game came as the first quarter expired when Wildcat quarterback Zantonio Peters recovered his offense’s fumble and weaved his way through the Rams’ defense for the score. 

“They challenged us. They pushed us to the limit tonight,” said Rams coach Brandon Walters. 

“We were able to manage it all,” he added. “Our guys played hard and were able to come out victorious.” 

With a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, Varnado (1-7, 1-2 in district) was looking to maintain its advantage for what would be just the second win of the season for the Wildcats.

The hope was short lived, as the Rams (6-2 overall, 2-0 in district) would respond by scoring 24 unanswered points. 

The first West St. John score came when senior Duhe exploded for a 29-yard rushing score at the seven-minute mark of the second quarter. A successful two-point conversion pass by D’Andre Gaudia gave the Rams an 8-6 lead.

The score was touchdown No. 22 on the ground for the River Parishes’ leading rusher.

The next score didn’t come until the final quarter of play when Williams punched in an 8-yard run to extend the Rams lead to 16-6 with a successful conversion run. 

Looking to put a final score on the board to seal the victory, the Rams turned to Roy at the Wildcat 10-yard line. He was able to find the end zone and lock up the 24-6 win with slightly less than four minutes remaining in the game. 

West St. John has an open date next week but will then take on St. Martin’s Episcopal at home on November 2 in what will be only the Rams’ second hone game all season.

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