For West St. John there’s only one thing better than a 58-8 win over a defending state champion. It’s when that 50-point win comes against White Castle who beat the Rams twice last season, including a 12-0 defeat in the first round of the playoffs, ending West St. John’s season.
“We had a sour taste in our mouth since last season,” said West St. John coach Robert Valdez. “Let’s just say I didn’t have to work hard to motivate (my players) for this one. Nothing against (White Castle), we just really wanted to beat that team. We don’t want to be cocky, we want to be confident.”
The Rams delivered the emphatic beatdown of the defending Class 1A state champs by utilizing key contributions from all facets of their team; offense, defense, and special teams.
Offensively it was Kylum Favorite leading the way with 140 yards rushing on 14 carries, and three touchdowns. The junior tailback has now rushed for 480 and six touchdowns in the past two games.
Quarterback Austin Howard was also effective, completing 12 of 19 passing attempts for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns, both coming in the second quarter with one going to Lawrence Williams(10 yards) and the other to Jairus Moll (11 yards).
Defensively it was Ronnie Fiest once again causing havoc in an opponent’s backfield.
“We saw the old Ronnie Fiest tonight,” said Valdez. “He’s finally at one hundred percent (following a pre-season back injury), and he took control of the line of scrimmage. Fiest had a pair of sacks and six tackles for loss.
On special teams, Moll returned a punt for a 55-yard touchdown giving the Rams a 15-0 first quarter lead, and setting the tone for a 22-point second quarter.
“We had such a good week of practice, I was just happy to see that carry over,” said Valdez. “A win like this validates how hard we’ve been working.”
The win moves West St. John to a 6-2 overall record, a perfect 3-0 in District 9-1A.
“We have goals set,” said Valdez. “But we’re just focused on our immediate goal and that is to win our District title. We have an important televised (by CST) game Thursday against St. John. Once we take care of winning our district, then we can start thinking about making a run in the playoffs, and ultimately a state championship.”