If an entire school were to be cast in the movie Groundhog Day, West St. John would be a good candidate.
It was as if the Rams had relived a day from a year earlier when West St. John faced Houma Christian to open District 8-2A play last Friday.
Like a year earlier, Houma Christian went into the game sporting an impressive pre-district record of 4-1. By the time the Rams were done, the Warriors had suffered a 61-0 loss to West St. John. A year earlier, a 5-0 Houma Christian team limped off the field following a 62-0 loss to WSJ.
Could history repeat itself for a second week in a row?
When the Rams, ranked No. 7 in Class 1A and sporting the fifth-best power ranking, visit Thibodaux on Friday night at 7 p.m. to take on Covenant Christian at John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus, they face a Lions team sporting a 5-1 record. A year ago, Covenant Christian went into the game 4-2 and came away with a 53-7 thumping by the Rams.
“They are playing some really good ball. We watched them on film and they looked pretty good,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters cautioned.
The Lions feature a Wing-T offense.
“They cause some formation matchup with their Wing-T. They flex out the tight end a little bit and it makes kind of misaligned a little. They really have a good scheme of what they are doing,” Walters said.
The tight end Walters was referring to is Zach Boquet.
“They like to get him out there in space. You have to account for where he’s lined up in their formations because they will sneak him out and he does a great job of getting open,” said Walters.
Covenant Christian’s quarterback is Nicholas Lagendyk.
“He likes to run with the ball. He’s very shifty and a real fast kid. He can spin the ball, also. They will get him out in space and give him some bootlegs and he gets going one way with the misdirection and he’ll keep it. He’s a very elusive runner,” Walters said.
The Lions’ top runner is Channing Holloway.
“He’s similar to the kid last week for Houma Christian, Zachariah Trujillo, he was a man. He looks just like him. There are some pretty good backs in the district this year and he is one of them,” said Walters.
Anthony Ruffin is one of the speedy wing players for the Lions. Like many of Lions, Ruffin also plays on defense.
“Anthony Ruffin plays on both sides of the ball. He plays cornerback. He’s a really good kid for them as far as speed-wise and he can cover,” Walters said.
The Lions play a traditional 4-3 defense.
“They get after you with it and they like to play a little coverage behind it. They are more active with their front four guys,” said Walters.
One of the front four guys is defensive tackle Deandre Williams.
“He’s a really big kid and he plays across the line of scrimmage,” Walters noted.
Along with the game itself, the 4-2 Rams have the added attraction of playing at a college venue on Friday night.
“We will play at Nicholls State University so I’m sure our kids will be excited just to be able to have an opportunity just to play on a college campus in a college stadium. That will be a great experience for our guys,” said Walters.