It was by no means pretty, but wins on the road often aren’t.
In a game marred by 25 penalties and six turnovers, East St. John took a lead in the first quarter and held on for dear life to take a 15-14 victory over Scotlandville to improve to 1-1.
“This was a very important win,” East St. John coach Phillip Banko said. “For us to rebound from a loss last week, it shows that we’re inexperienced but we are getting better as a team.”
On top of the miscues, the Wildcats had to overcome even more adversity when senior quarterback Xavier Lewis suffered a minor shoulder injury early in the second quarter that kept him from playing quarterback for the rest of the game.
“I jammed it but I should be alright going forward,” said Lewis, an LSU commitment who stayed in the game by lining up at tailback and receiver in addition to his usual defensive back duties. “My team needed me so I decided to suck it up and go out and play for the team. Coaches tell me that I’m a leader so I have to display that.”
With Lewis unable to throw, senior Nigel Anderson went under center. Anderson finished with a game-high 101 rushing yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put ESJ up 15-9 and ended a two-quarter scoring drought.
SHAW 60, FISHER 6: Denzell McCoy scored four touchdowns and Trey Ragusa had three as the Eagles scored 40 points in the first half and breezed to the nondistrict win. McCoy, who finished with 111 yards on 10 carries, scored on runs of 26, 4 and 40 yards and ran a kickoff back 86 yards. Ragusa ran for 137 yards on 6 carries and scored on runs of 6, 7 and 86 yards. Kendall Bailey also scored on a 46-yard punt return in the first quarter.
The Eagles defense did their part, holding Fisher to 125 yards.
EAST ASCENSION 47, PATTERSON 27: In Gonzales, East Ascension started strong and held off an attempted late rally by Patterson behind a strong pass rush and timely special teams plays.
The Spartans jumped out to a 21-0 second-quarter lead and fended off the Lumberjacks (0-2) and the heroics of Alabama receiver commit Daylon Charlot at Spartan Stadium.
PLAQUEMINE 47, BRUSLY 20: In Brusly, the ninth-ranked Green Devils of Class 4A scored on six plays of 60 yards or longer while running away with a victory over their 3A rival.
Quarterback-/running back D’Morea Wicks led the way with 185 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Wicks also passed for 97 yards and another TD as the Green Devils (2-0), who turned three first-half Brusly fumbles into TDs.
Five players scored for the Green Devils as they rolled up 553 yards of offense, including 456 rushing yards.
RUMMEL 37, HAHNVILLE 31, 3 OT: The Tigers did their best to beat up the in Boutte, playing a physical, inspired game.
In the end, however, Rummel delivered the knockout punch, escaping with a victory in triple overtime on Brandon Phillips’ 1-yard run over the right side.
Hahnville had a chance to take the lead at the start of the overtime. But running back Bradley Aucoin dropped a pass from Mike Neal in the end zone, setting up Rummel’s winning drive.