River Parish Football

News Archives in November 2014

Rams rally from halftime deficit to advance to Class 1A semifinals

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  • 11/28/14 9:04am

West St. John was trailing 20-6 at halftime to Plain Dealing in its Class 1A quarterfinal game Friday night in Edgard when Rams coach Robert Valdez delivered a simple message to his team. “At halftime we just told the kids that we need to get back to playing West St. John football,” Valdez said. “They (the Lions) weren’t doing anything that confused us. They weren’t doing anything that... Keep Reading

Rams overcome true adversity while continuing to advance

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  • 11/26/14 7:01pm

Coaches sometimes like to create an “us versus the world mentality.” They talk of overcoming adversity even when they sometimes go undefeated and are never seriously challenged. The word “adversity” should be limited to times like what West St. John High School went through last week, where the Rams had to play a playoff football game one night and bury an assistant coach the next morning. “If it would have... Keep Reading

Show of support overwhelming for West St. John coach Joseph

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  • 11/22/14 10:58pm

The parking lot was filled beyond capacity hours before the event. The Mississippi River levee and surrounding streets became a makeshift parking lot. It had the look of a high school football game in the River Parishes. It somehow seemed appropriate – a scene those who knew Juan Joseph could take solace in – the strong show of support. The entire Edgard community, along with people from around Louisiana and several neighboring states were among... Keep Reading

Emotional Rams honor fallen coach with top-notch playoff effort

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  • 11/21/14 4:56pm

A lot of lessons are learned at a school like West St. John. Dealing with the death of a beloved person at way too early an age should not be one of them. That was the backdrop Friday night as West St. John hosted Varnado in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. A perennial championship contender, the Rams should have had nothing else on their minds except the joy of yet another playoff... Keep Reading

Football field provides needed sanctuary for West St. John Rams

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  • 11/20/14 3:15pm

The area of a football field is 100 yards long by 53 yards wide. Inside the lines, it is exclusive property – a sanctuary for players, coaches and team personnel. It was never more so than this week at West St. John where the Rams could take momentary refuge from the cruel world away from the Edgard field – a world where an act of non-comprehending violence took the life of WSJ assistant football coach Juan Joseph. ... Keep Reading