Wantrell Williams returned the opening kick 75 yards for a touchdown but West St. John would add only two more scores the rest of the way in falling 31-20 to Salmen on Friday night in Slidell.
“Salmen is a good team but I think we did more damage to ourselves. It was self-inflicted more than anything,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
The Rams (3-3) were unable to keep Slidell’s Mikell Marco out of the end zone. The Spartans running back had three rushing touchdowns and scored on a pass reception.
“We didn’t do a good job of getting him wrapped up and keeping him corralled,” said Walters. “He’s a good back. We had our chances but we didn’t get stops when we needed to get stops. That’s all it was.
“We’ve definitely seen our share of good running backs so far this season and he was another good one. We just have to make plays when we need to and it just wasn’t there for us.”
A 8-yard touchdown run by Marco allowed Salmen to lead 14-6 after one quarter.
Marco broke loose on a 71-yard scamper in the second quarter to extend Salmen’s lead to 21-6.
West St. John narrowed the gap to 21-12 on a 15-yard touchdown run Williams. Salmen countered with a 31-yard Triston Pugmire field goal to give the Spartans a 24-12 halftime lead.
Marco’s 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was answered by a 15-yard run by Williams that made the score 31-20.
“It’s definitely good to see him back,” Walters said of Williams. “When’s he’s there in the offense it makes what we do much easier. We look forward to seeing what he can do when he’s even healthier next week.”
The teams sat through a 30-minute weather delay and neither team would score in the fourth quarter, leading to the 31-20 final.