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Rams looking to hit stride late in season heading into playoffs

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  • October 27, 2016 - 5:31pm

File photosSt. Charles Catholic quarterback Lloyd Nash is a multi-threat the West St. John Rams will attempt to contain when the teams meet Friday night in Laplace.

It’s just the West St. John Rams’ luck that after snapping a three-game losing streak, they have to come back and face a St. Charles Catholic squad that is coming off only its second loss of the season and rarely loses back-to-back contests.

“We expect them to be extremely hungry. They are a good team with a storied tradition and we definitely expect to get their best,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said of the Comets.

West St. John (3-5 overall, 1-2 in District 12-2A) will have to stop Lloyd Nash, SCC’s multi-dimensional quarterback, if the Rams hope to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season when the teams meet Friday in Laplace.

“He’s a playmaker on that team. Pretty much everything on their offense goes through him. You have to get him stopped. You have to kind of get him corralled. He can throw the ball real well and he likes to beat you with his feet,” Walters said.

St. Charles (6-2 overall, 2-1 in district) was unable to execute its well-known game plan a week ago in a 35-14 loss to Riverside Academy. Despite that, Walters and his Rams expect to see a Comets attack similar to the one SCC executed a year ago.

“We know they will try to pound the ball like they did pretty successfully last year in the second half,” said Walters, whose team led the Comets 15-10 last year before St. Charles pulled away for a 45-15 victory.

“They try to monopolize the game by moving the ball between the chains and with long, sustained drives. That’s what they do. We have to be able to get them stopped and get them off the field and give our offense to make some points,” said Walters.

Norquez Jones provides St. Charles with a bigger back the Comets also like to put in the slot in the passing game. Joseph Chiarella and Phillip Tran are two other runners for SCC.

“They have a good stable of backs. They like to sub all those guys in and give them different looks,” Walters said.

Thomas Celestin, who plays defensive end/linebacker is one of the Comets’ top defenders. Other top linebackers include Dalton Lions and Dellary Oubre. Dustin Mire roams the secondary at free safety.

“They will be scrappy. They don’t have some of the kids they had last year but they will play sound football. They will give you a cover-two look in the secondary and they will try to match your athletes with defenders,” said Walters.

A familiar face also has been seeing more and more action in the defensive backfield for the Comets.

“We’ve even seen Lloyd Nash in the secondary. That is something we have to be aware of and play close attention to,” Walters noted.
A win Friday and the following week against Newman would allow the Rams to conclude the regular season 5-5 after a 1-3 start

“If we come out and play the way West St. John is capable of playing and put together a sound game on offense, defense and special teams, we will be a tough team to reckon with, especially this time of year. We are playing for keeps and the guys are starting to buy into that a little more. It’s kind of been a rough, tumultuous year but we definitely are trying to hit a stride now,” Walters said.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.