Like West St. John has done since the start of District 8-1A play began, the Rams dominated an opponent, blanking St. Martin’s Episcopal 38-0 Friday night in Metairie.
The triumph allowed West St. John to finish as unbeaten district champions at 5-0 while improving to 8-2 overall.
“It feels good to get that win and climb over that hump so to speak and feel good about getting the win,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said of capturing the district title.
Perhaps more importantly, the Rams, who entered Week 10 with the highest power ranking in Class 1A, may have earned themselves an opening-round bye in the playoffs.
Class 1A features 32 teams and has a 32 team bracket but South Cameron, which ended its season 0-9, has apparently opted not to participate in the postseason.
“We could definitely use it. We’ve had our share of bumps and bruises and we would welcome a week for the guys to rest a little bit and heal up where needed and we should be ready to go after that. We will see what happens. You never know until you get the final word,” said Walters.
The official playoff pairings will be announced Sunday by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
In Friday’s win over St. Martin’s, West St. John running back Kylan Duhe rushed for three touchdowns and had a touchdown reception to pace the Rams.
“He continues to get better and better. As the game goes on, he runs a lot stronger. He’s a really good back,” Walters said of Duhe.
Touchdown runs by Duhe of 1 and 10 yards stake West St. John to a quick 13-0 lead.
Rams quarterback D’andre Gaudia, who completed his first nine pass attempts, tossed a 40-yard touchdown strike to Duhe to give West St. John a 19-0 lead after one quarter. Gaudia ended 12 of 16 passing for 224 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
A 1-yard run by Nico Roy with 9:55 remaining in the second quarter gave West St. John a 26-0 lead that would last through halftime.
Roy added a 14-yard run with three minutes left in the third quarter to make it 32-0.
“The big bruiser is still doing his thing,” Walters said of Roy.
Duhe closed out his evening with a 49-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left in the game for the 38-0 final. He finished the game with 86 yards rushing on six attempts while hauling in four passes for 82 yards.
Roy had three carries for 33 yards and two touchdowns while Gaudia also rushed for 70 yard on four attempts. Dontrell Davis had two catches for 74 yards.
The West St. John defense also came up with another stellar performance.
“We like that zero,” Walters said of the shutout. “We had some guys out due to injury and stuff like that so the guys that stepped up filled in well and we were still able to get after it.”