The Homer Pelicans held West St. John’s Kylan Duhe to 36 yards in the second half – that’s because the senior running back rushed for 212 yards in the first half – as the Rams cruised to a 49-8 win in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs Friday night in Edgard.
Along with 257 yards on the ground, Duhe also had five rushing touchdowns for West St. John (8-2).
“He told me before the game, ‘Coach, I’m going to show you tonight; who is this guy?’ I said, ‘yeah, we’ll see.’ He just turned out another big night. He had a real good game running the ball and doing what he does best,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
The win advances West St. John, the No. 5 seed, to the quarterfinals at No. 4 seed Logansport. Logansport blanked Gueydan, the No. 13 seed, 48-0 on Friday.
The Rams defeated Logansport 34-18 in the Class 1A semifinals a year ago on West St. John’s way to the state championship. Playing at home, the Rams knocked off the then-defending state champs as Duhe rushed for 128 yards. Running mate Niko Roy added 126 as West St. John amassed 408 yards of total offense.
Despite the big numbers produced by Duhe and the West St. John offense, the game was scoreless after one quarter.
By having an opening-round bye in the playoffs and an off date in Week 9, the Rams had only played one game in the three weeks leading up to the Homer game. The layoff, Walters said, didn’t contribute to the slow start for West St. John against the Pelicans.
“We just got off to a slow start. They played some really good defense at first and we had some miscues in those first two drives, but after that, we were rolling,” the West St. John coach said.
After a scoreless opening quarter against Homer, Duhe rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns in the second quarter.
Following a 5-yard run by the running back to give West St. John to give the Rams a 7-0 lead, WSJ came up with the only non-Duhe touchdown of the first half on an 8-yard pass from D’Andre Gaudia to Alan Burl for a 13-0 advantage.
Although the touchdown went to someone else, Duhe helped set up the scoring drive on a 62-yard gallop.
Along with a fifth rushing touchdown by Duhe, Wantrell Williams added a pair of scoring runs in the second half.
Trenton Grow added a pair of two, two-point conversions.
Homer (7-5) got its only touchdown on a 7-yard run by Star Thomas with less than seven minutes left in the game.
Most of the second half was played with a running clock.