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WSJ seeks to close regular season on winning note versus Newman

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  • November 03, 2016 - 9:11am

File photosWest St. John will seek to contain Newman quarterback Miles Lapeyre when the Rams host the Greenies in the regular-season finale on Friday night.

The end of West St. John’s game with Newman typified the way the past two seasons have gone for the Rams.

West St. John was trailing 27-22 late in the game and had possession of the ball with less than two minutes remaining when the Greenies returned an interception for a touchdown for a deceptive final of 33-22.

The result was one of many in which the Rams were battling toe-to-toe with an opponent, only to fall short in the end.

“That’s been our nemesis so far this year - not being able to get any offense going and just not handling our business, basically. We let people off the hook,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.

When the Rams host Newman on Friday, it will be a contest of teams having disappointing seasons.

West St. John is 3-6 overall, including 1-3 in District 12-2A. Newman beat Sophie B. Wright last week 41-0 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Greenies are 4-4 overall, including 1-3 in district.

The Greenies offense is led by quarterback Miles Lapeyre.

“He has a cannon of an arm and he’s very accurate. He can beat you with his feet as well,” Walters said.

James Poche is Newman’s top runner out of the backfield.

The Greenies have a bevy of receivers in Dylon Hill, Brian McGowan and Kobe Porche.

“We have our work cut out for us as far as pass coverage,” said Walters.

Defensively, the Greenies play a 4-2-5 scheme.

“It’s similar to what we play. That’s a plus for us for our offense seeing something they normally see,” Walters said.

The top pass rusher for Newman is Robby Mills.

“They rotate a lot of guys on their defensive front. He’s one of the guys that brings pressure,” said Walters.

Porche is a standout for the Greenies at linebacker.

“Kobe Porche is someone we have to make sure we get blocked. He comes downhill and makes a lot of plays for them,” Walters said.

The leader of the secondary is Sam Moses.

A win to close out the season, Walters said, would be a good way to get ready for the playoffs.

“We definitely want it. We’ve had some rough goes of it at the end of the season and we definitely want to make sure we take care of business with Newman and hit the ground running going into the playoffs,” the West St. John coach 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.