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WSJ’s potent ground attack too much for Covenant Christian

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  • October 13, 2018 - 8:23am

File photosNiko Roy joined teammate Kylan Duhe in topping the 100-yard mark with 102 yards in West St. John's 44-18 win Friday night over Covenant Christian.

The West St. John Rams displayed their potent running game once again as their offense proved to be too much for Covenant Christian Academy in 44-18 District 8-1A win at John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus in Thibodaux.
The Rams (5-2 overall, 2-0 in district) totaled six rushing touchdowns, half coming from running back Kylan Duhe, the leading rusher in the River Parishes.

Duhe totaled more than 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but was not the only Ram finding success on the ground.

Niko Roy also surpassed the 100-yard mark while adding two touchdowns.

“We are running the ball well and all of our guys are having success,” said West St. John coach Brandon Walters.

Duhe was the first to find the rushing success Friday as he went 80 yards for the game’s first score at the 6:35 mark of the opening quarter, giving the Rams an early 6-0 lead. 

The next Rams drive also resulted in a rushing score, this time from Roy on a 2-yard run. 

The Lions (5-2 overall, 1-1 in district) were ready to respond though, as Anthony Ruffin returned the kickoff following the score 75 yards for a touchdown, closing the deficit to 12-6 with 2:08 remaining in the first quarter.

Second quarter scoring started in a similar fashion as Duhe punched in a 2-yard rush for his second score of the game and a 19-6 Rams lead at the 10:55 mark.

Once again, the Lions responded on the following drive when quarterback Aaron McCray found Nicholas Lagendyk for a 20-yard passing touchdown, cutting the lead to 19-12.

“They really pushed us tonight,” Walters said of the Lions. “But we were able to hold tight and got out with a win.” 

Rams quarterback D’Andre Gaudia followed by tossing a strike of his own, connecting with Carrington Clark for a 47-yard score with 8:08 remaining in the half. 

The Rams built upon its lead on the following possession, when Duhe once again found the end zone, this time with a 15-yard rush making it a 32-12 game at halftime. 

The Lions found life in the second half, as Ruffin broke off a 27-yard rush for a score, making it a 32-18 game at the 1:05 mark of the third quarter.

Less than a minute later, Wantrell Williams cut through the Lions defense for a 52-yard run in the final seconds of the third quarter, pushing the Ram lead to 38-18. 

The final blow delivered by the Rams was the only score of the final quarter, as Roy’s second touchdown of the night was a 22-yard scamper, sealing the 44-18 victory for West St. John

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