- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- November 12, 2016 - 12:46pm
West St. John pulled an opening-round road upset for the second year in a row in the Class 2A playoffs with a 25-12 win over East Feliciana on Friday night in Jackson.
“We felt good going up there. We well know the capabilities of our team and how we are capable of playing. Once the playoffs come, it’s pretty much a change of mindset around here and our kids responded to it,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
The Rams, the No. 24 seed, advance to host No. 8 seed South Plaquemines, a 57-7 winner over Fisher, the No. 25 seed. East Feliciana, which ended its season at 6-5, was the No. 9 seed.
The 25 points scored by West St. John against East Feliciana was the most by the Rams in any of their previous three games. WSJ has topped 25 points in a game only three times this season.
“We had some dropped a few dropped balls or we could have gotten a few more touchdowns on them but we are definitely satisfied with the win,” Walters said.
West St. John quarterback Austin Alexander was back in top form, tossing for three touchdowns and rushing for another.
“We love the kid. We love what he’s doing with the program. When he gets the ball in his hands, you never know what will happen,” Walters said of Alexander.
The 4-7 Rams trailed 6-0 before taking the lead on a 5-yard pass from Alexander to Aason Moll to cap a 12-play drive.
Alexander tossed a 75-yard bomb to Marcus Boudoin before a 70-yard hookup with Kedric Gray gave the Rams a 19-18 lead in the final minute of the third quarter.
The West St. John quarterback capped the scoring with a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“I’m looking at the play and I’m wondering if we got the first down. We needed four yards. The play didn’t go the way we ran it. He went back the other way and I saw he was still running,” Walters said of Alexander’s effort.
Now, the Rams will be home in the next round of the playoffs, just as Walters said he expected.
“We never pulled up anything around the stadium and never packed up anything,” the West St. John coach said. “We expect to play. I purposely did that. I wanted the kids to see what we are still practicing. It’s not over and you have to earn your right to play the next week.
“We definitely look forward to another opportunity to show our talents and show what we can do and that West St. John can play some football. It’s ’tis the season, as we say. Fall and football at West St. John is a beautiful thing.