By halftime, even the game officials had seen enough.
Playing in a hard rain, West St. John built a big halftime lead on its way to a 43-0 win over North Central in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs Friday night in Edgard,
Already leading 43-0 at halftime, the game was called on series into the second half.
“A couple of (North Central) kids lost it and the coaches kind of got into it with the officials so they stopped the game. It kind of got out of hand. It became a bit touchy. It started in the first quarter and the referees said if it happened again, they would put a stop to it,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
A coronavirus-affected season limited West St. John to five regular-season wins. The victory over the Hurricanes was only the second of the year for the Rams.
“It’s money time now and our kids understand that. They know this time of year they are playing for keeps. There is no room for mistakes. We have got to execute, and they came out ready to play,” said Walters.
West St. John, the No. 9 seed, advances to face old nemesis Logansport on the road next week. Logansport, the No. 8 seed, had an opening-round bye.
“Hopefully, we can improve and get ready to play. We know Logansport is going to be ready and we have to make sure we are on top of our game and get ready to go up there and get a win in hostile territory again,” Walters said.
West St. John got an early touchdown run by Keajean Kindrick as the Rams jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
Rams running back R’Khoby Robeson had three rushing touchdowns while quarterback Ferdinand Young had a 52-yard touchdown run.
Jaydon Hamilton, who had a rushing touchdown, had an interception while playing on defense.
Donte Lumar also had an interception for the Rams.