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Strong running game powers West St. John past Class 5A Bonnabel

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  • September 16, 2017 - 5:52am

File photosBrandon Walters' West St. John Rams have won two in a row after a heartbreaking season-opening loss to the St. James following a 35-12 win over Bonnabel.

West St. John had a pair of running backs top 100 years each as the Class 1A Rams defeated Class 5A Bonnabel 35-12 on Friday night at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Nico Davis rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries while Wantrell Williams added 129 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts.

“Wantrell Williams, it was really his first time carrying the ball for us. He did really well. He’s a young kid and hungry and playing really hard. He and Nico are brothers and it was good to see both of them in there and doing their thing,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.

“I’m pleased with the score and pleased with the win. I just didn’t like the effort we put out. We came out a little sluggish in the beginning. We found it after halftime. I think we came out flat. After halftime, we were able to make some adjustments and find our footing and be a little more effective in what we were doing offensively,” Walters said.

Kameron Ursin had two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown.

A 2-yard run by Nico Davis with 1:12 remaining in the first quarter gave the Rams a 6-0 lead.

After a safety made it 8-0, West St. John’s Dontrell Davis returned the ensuing free kick for a touchdown to quick stretch the Rams’ lead to 15-0 with 3:53 remaining in the second quarter.

“We definitely did well in those aspects of the special teams. The defense really responded and we like to pin people back. We got us a few safeties that way this year and it’s definitely been effective,” said Walters.

Bonnabel (0-3) made it 15-6 at halftime when Termaine Bardell scored on a 12-yard run with 12 seconds left in the second quarter.

A 64-yard run by Williams extended West St. John’s lead to 21-6 at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter.

West St. John (2-1) added two more touchdowns in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Nico Davis and a 19-yard pass from quarterback D’andre Gaudia to Ursin to make it 35-6.

Bonnabel closed out the scoring with 6:59 left in the game on a 9-yard run by Bardell for the 35-12 final.

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