River Parish Football

News Archives in 2017

State Championship observations

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  • 12/14/17 1:25pm

With the 2017 football season officially ending last week, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on another eventful week for River Parish Football. State Championship Format Although I stand firmly in the crowd that despises the split between the public and private schools, I much prefer the format of playing all of the state championship games in one weekend like the LHSAA went back to this year. Emotion is still the overriding part of... Keep Reading

West St. John claims 1A State Championship with 20-14 win

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  • 12/7/17 6:30pm

NEW ORLEANS - Yes, defense still wins championships. In an age of high-powered scoring machines featuring spread offenses, the old adage of defense winning championships was never more on display than in West St. John’s 20-14 victory over Kentwood in the Class 1A title game Thursday afternoon in the Superdome. Offense was hard to come by as two championship-caliber defenses squared off. West St. John’s defense actually built the Rams’... Keep Reading

West St. John’s Iron Men getting job done on both sides of ball

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  • 12/6/17 8:24am

They may not be superheroes, but they sure are West St. John’s Iron Men. Players such as Jayuan Pierce, Kyree Thorne, Kelon Gardner and Covan Barnes are among an elite group of throwback players who see action on both sides of the football and rarely leave the game. Pierce and Thorne are primarily offensive line starters who sub on defense and Gardner and Barnes are defensive line starters who enter the game in... Keep Reading

Kentwood final challenge in WSJ’s quest for state championship

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  • 12/5/17 5:47pm

The West St. John Rams really seem to like a challenge. In order to reach Thursday’s Class 1A state championship game, West St. John had to get past a Logansport team that was the defending state champion and riding a 27-game winning streak. “We get a quality opponent like Logansport, who are on a high with a 27-game winning streak that was all those kids (Rams players) needed to hear: ‘you... Keep Reading

West St. John knocks off defending champs to advance to Superdome

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  • 12/1/17 11:51pm

Except for a 26-second span late in the first half, West St. John dominated its Class 1A semifinal game Friday night against visiting Logansport, the defending state champions. Because of that 26-second span, what appeared a likely three-touchdown lead for the Rams at halftime suddenly became a precarious 21-12 edge for West St. John at the break. That gave an even greater urgency to the opening possession of the third quarter. West St. John had... Keep Reading