East St. John moved to 4-0 on the season with a 43-19 win over Helen Cox on Thursday night at Hoss Memtas Stadium in Harvey.
The Wildcats put the game away early, leading 31-0 at halftime.
East St. John is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2006 when the Wildcats went undefeated in the regular season under Larry Dauterive.
“It feels good to be 4-0. Our kids are excited. They understand where we are right now. We are in the heart of our district and heart of our season and sitting pretty good. I think it’s been a long time since East St. John has been in this situation and we are embracing it,” East St. John coach Brandon Brown said.
Although East St. John led 31-0 by halftime, the Wildcats didn’t play up to their ability, according to Brown.
“We played well enough to win. We didn’t play a really clean game. I told my coaching staff we were kind of disappointed more so in just our effort. It wasn’t our best ball game. That’s kind of expected after a very big ball game last week against Hahnville and dealing with another rivalry game this week. They had Helen Cox sandwiched in between and we didn’t play our best game. We kind of went through the motions early in the game,” the East St. John coach said.
East St. John’s special teams played a big role in the win, blocking a total of three punts, including two for safeties.
“We saw some things on special teams that we could take advantage of. I’m proud of my coaching staff for putting in a good plan. We knew we could take advantage and block some punts. It actually was a sparkplug for us that got us going,” Brown said.
Among the offensive highlights were touchdown passes from quarterback Marcus Jackson to receiver Kylon Harris of 22 and 13 yards, a touchdown run by Jackson, and another 3-yard scoring run by Cortez Fisher.
Cox fell to 0-4 with the loss.
Now East St. John turns its attention to Destrehan.
“As a coach, it was really, really tough this week with a very young team and just trying to control emotions with having success and moving on the next game. Not it’s time to refocus. We have a really, really good opponent this week that will be ready to play.