Dasmain Crosby was on target as both a passer and runner in East St. John’s 34-6 victory over H.L. Bourgeois in District 7-5A action Friday night at Joe Keller Stadium in Reserve.
Crosby was 13 of 20 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 145 yards and another score as the Wildcats improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in district play. The Braves fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in district.
“We are trying to put it in his hands. That’s the things we expected of him. He missed a few reads but he had a free drops too when he hit (the receivers) in the hands. He is doing the things we have expected of him all year long,” East St. John coach Alden Foster said.
A 3-yard run by Crosby with 2:44 remaining in the opening quarter staked the Wildcats to a 6-0 lead.
The only other score of the first half came when Cameron Grant made a one-handed grab of a Crosby pass for a 52-yard touchdown play and a 14-0 advantage for East St. John at the break.
“Cameron is making play after play after play. He has been pleasant addition,” said Foster.
The Braves made it 14-6 when T.J. Ruffin, in at quarterback for HLB, scored on a 3-yard run to cap a five-minute drive to open the second half.
HLB was without injured starting quarterback Conner Verdin, and his replacement to open the game, Alec Domangue, suffered an injury against the Wildcats. That forced the move of Ruffin, a tailback, to the quarterback position.
East St. John countered with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Crosby to Javon Antonio and a two-point conversion to give the Wildcats a 22-6 edge after three quarters.
“If adversity strikes early, we have to keep our heads. We have to respond. We’ve been fortunate to do that a few times this year,” Foster said.
The Wildcats added a pair of defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final margin. D’Andrea Pittmann and Jarius Monroe each had fumble returns for touchdowns. Pittmann scored from 37 yards out and Monroe raced 45 yards for his score.
“The defense is playing great. They played great again. That’s our fourth defensive touchdown this year. That’s just a complement to those kids. They hustle,” said Foster.
The game was the last of four-consecutive home games for East St. John. The Wildcats won three of the four to move above .500 and are unbeaten in district play.
“For the first time since we’ve been here to be 2-0 in district,” said Foster, who is in his third year at ESJ. “Now we go on a rough stretch. We have Destrehan and Terrebonne – they proved they are a team to be reckoned with by going toe-to-toe with Hahnville – and also, you have Thibodaux and then Hahnville. These next few weeks will determine our season.”