East St. John quarterback Leonard Davis passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns Friday night but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcats to overtake the No. 1 team in Class 3A, Parkview Baptist.
After letting the East St. John stay close for a half, the Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 51-22 victory in a non-district game in Baton Rouge.
Davis connected with wide receiver Dez Broussard on a pair of long touchdowns, one for 59 yards and another for 71 yards. The second tied the game at 16-16 just before the half.
But Parkview Baptist answered with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brennan Bozeman to Austin Suits with 11 seconds remaining. The Eagles then opened the third quarter with two quick strikes to pull away.
After the Eagles scored on their opening drive, East St. John took the lead with a 29-yard Marshall Robles field goal and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Broussard.
Parkview Baptist answered with a 22-yard field goal by Taylor Black to tie the game at 10-10, then Connor Hodgeson scored on a 5-yard run to make it 16-10.
The Eagles rushed for more than 300 yards. Bozeman passed for 136.
The Wildcats fell to 0-3 following a brutal stretch of games against ranked opponents, including then-ranked Carencro, nationally-ranked Curtis and Parkview Baptist.
“They’re (being) No. 1 is definitely warranted,” East St. John coach Phil Banko said. “I don’t think they wore us down. They just put together some sustained drives. We’ll be all right. We’re trying to get ready for district. This team made us better.”