West St. John shut down the powerful St. John of Plaquemine rushing attack, limiting the Eagles to just 88 yards on the ground in taking a 40-7 Class 1A second-round playoff Friday in Edgard.
St. John (8-4), which came into the game averaging 395 yards rushing per contest, got 63 of its yards on a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the WSJ reserves.
“I’m very excited for our defense,” West St. John coach Robert Valdez said. “To make a championship run, the defense has to be stellar and our goal is to get to the Dome.”
Quarterback Austin Howard was 18 of 22 for 303 yards passing, including two touchdowns for the Rams. As a team, WSJ rushed for 184 yards and had 487 yards of total offense.
The Eagles had to punt on their first possession, but a bad snap gave the ball to WSJ on the 11-yard line. The Rams took advantage, scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Howard to Jarius Moll.
The Rams increased the lead to 12-0 on Jeremy Jackson’s 39-yard touchdown run.
Howard scored again to make it 19-0 on a fourth-down play with 6:35 left in the second quarter.
In the first half, West St. John outrushed the Eagles 272-17, as St. John hit positive rushing yards on the final play of the half.
WSJ increased its lead to 37-0 with two quick touchdowns in the third quarter and made it 40-0 on a 30-yard field goal with 4:05 left in the game.
“I thought they had the best defensive personnel in our classification,” St. John coach Tut Musemeche said. “They did a great job. They have a championship look to them and they will represent their school well as they march on.”
Primeaux finished with just 19 yards on 15 carries for St. John while quarterback Hunter Schnebelen completed just 1 of 9 passes for 11 yards and an interception.
West St. John will play the winner of Haynesville and Christian Life in the quarterfinals next Friday.