It was supposed to be West St. John’s toughest test in District 8-1A.
The Rams went into Friday’s home game against Varnado as the top-rated team among Class 1A schools in the unofficial power ratings while the Wildcats were No. 2.
The gap between No. 1 and No. 2 may never have seemed so large after West St. John’s 45-0 domination of Varnado.
Both teams entered the game 2-0 in District 8-1A, so West St. John’s victory puts the Rams in the driver’s seat in the league with only one district game remaining. WSJ, which improved to 6-2 overall, plays a non-league game next Thursday at home against KIPP before closing the regular season against district St. Martin’s Episcopal. Varnado dropped to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in district.
“We don’t look ahead. We take it one at time. It definitely felt good to win the game and the way we did,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
The Rams built an 18-0 halftime lead – a slow start by West St. John standards.
In West St. John’s previous two district games, the Rams led 33-0 at halftime in their 62-0 win over Houma Christian and 32-7 over Covenant Christian at the break in a 53-7 victory.
“It’s kind of hard when the kids are used to getting out there and putting up points and they come sort of quick. The fact we scored so quickly on some teams, for it not to happen that way in this particular way, it definitely got our attention quick. We had to buckle down and focus and we executed like we needed to,” Walters said.
For the second week in a row, Nico Roy scored touchdowns both defensively and offensively. Roy produced the first points of the game defensively when the linebacker returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown for a 6-0 lead at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter.
Roy, who also plays running back, came up with his first offensive score on a 3-yard run less than a minute into the second quarter to put the Rams on top 12-0.
A 6-yard run by Kylan Duhe gave the Rams an 18-0 halftime lead.
Special teams made its mark when Wantrell Williams raced 83 yards with the second-half kickoff to quickly extend the West St. John lead to 25-0.
“Wantrell ran back the kickoff return and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the second half. We kept playing good defense and the scores started coming,” Walters said.
Defensive lineman Covan Barnes followed Roy’s lead, returning a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown to build West St. John’s advantage to 31 points at the 6:30 mark of the third quarter.
“The defense is really playing some lights out ball. They are kind of still going at it with each other. They are very competitive with each other as far as getting their stats and who’s making the tackle and getting stats and stuff like that. It’s a great thing for us because they are not letting up. Everybody is trying to be that playmaker. We are constantly making plays and getting after people,” said Walters.
Roy added an offensive touchdown on a 2-yard run at the 4:27 mark of the third quarter to make it 38-0.
West St. John rounded out the scoring with 10:14 left in the game on a 36-yard touchdown pass from D’andre Gaudia to Alyjah Borne.