- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- September 30, 2017 - 5:20am
The West St. John Rams definitely know how to make a statement.
After losing 41-18 a week ago at Class 4A Plaquemine, the Rams had a point to prove when hosting a fellow Class 1A foe Friday night in the White Castle Bulldogs.
“The kids came out ready to go. They were really excited about getting out there and doing better than we did last week. We wanted to make a statement in this game. Now that we are playing teams in our classification, we really wanted to have a good showing,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
The Rams did much more than merely play better – they dominated from the start in a 61-6 blowout of White Castle.
West St. John (3-2) needed only five plays and less than two minutes to score against White Castle (1-4) when Nico Davis came up with a 16-yard run that was part of a 34-point opening quarter.
Just how do you manage to score 34 points in a 12-minute quarter?
“Trying really hard, I guess,” said Walters. “Everything went the right way to start it off.”
West St. John’s first quarter scoring formula included Nico Davis’ touchdown run, along with a 7-yard run by Kylan Duhe, touchdown passes of 45 and 41 yards from quarterback D’andre Gaudia to Dontrell Davis and a 19-yard return of a blocked punt for a score by Aaron Moll.
Gaudia tossed two more touchdown passes in the second quarter – one of 20 yards to Alyjah Borne and the other 39 yards to Duhe as the Rams built a 49-0 lead at halftime.
The sophomore quarterback was 5 of 7 passing for 155 yards and four touchdowns.
“We really wanted to come out and establish the run game and kind of told the quarterback don’t try to do it all yourself and take what was there. It just happened to be those types of plays where we took our shots. There are things we look for when (an opponent) lines up defensively and if you give it to us, we just try to execute those plays,” Walters said.
The only score in the third quarter came on a 14-yard run by Wantrell Williams.
West St. John’s defense did not give up a score in the game. White Castle’s only points in the contest came early in the fourth quarter on a 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jacoby Butler.
Williams closed out the scoring a 6-yard run for the 61-6 final.
Along with two offensive touchdowns, Williams also intercepted three passes.
West St. John’s defense picked off four passes and forced a fumble.
“Those guys are really playing well together,” Walters said of his defense. “We have some younger guys mixed in with some older kids and it’s working really well for us. The defensive front they smell blood now and they want to get after it with everybody. They take pride in teams not being able to score or move the ball. That’s our goal. We want to get teams behind the sticks or create some turnovers.”