Most of John Ehret’s potential opponents this season will probably key in on how to limit their explosive running quarterback, Caron Baham.
The Patriots showed Friday that might not be the best strategy.
Four Ehret players combined for 357 rushing yards in a 28-16 victory over Shaw in the final game of the West Bank Optimist Classic Jamboree at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
“People think it’s just Caron, but they don’t talk about this O-line,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “And the running backs just get stronger and stronger.”
After stuffing Shaw’s opening drive of the second half at the 1-yard line, Ehret eventually went on a 13-play, 99-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard Baham touchdown that gave the Patriots a 21-9 lead.
The Missouri commitment finished Friday night with 10 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Shaw quarterback Matt Keller responded by throwing a 68-yard touchdown to receiver Henry Jackson-Davis that cut the lead to 21-15, but Ehret’s relentless attack didn’t give Shaw a break.
The Patriots quickly responded by marching 71 yards in four plays, concluding with running back Byron James running one in from 7 yards out that brought the lead to 28-16.
James led the Patriots with 12 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Ragas, who racked up over 1,800 yards last season, finished Friday night with 18 total touches for 126 yards, and Keller added 49 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own.
WEST JEFFERSON 36, HIGGINS 3: The Cyril Crutchfield era got off to a grand start.
Senior running back David Carter had a lot to do with it.
Carter scored three touchdowns to lead Crutchfield’s West Jefferson team to a 36-3 victory over Higgins.
Carter scored on runs of 40, 1 and 37 yards for the Buccaneers, and finished with 105 yards on the day. He also added a 52-yard kick return to open the second half.
Crutchfield is in his first season as head coach at West Jefferson after spending the past three seasons at St. Augustine.
West Jeff quarterback Coley Ransaw completed 9 of 12 passes for 159 yards for the Bucs.
HELEN COX 14, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7: Helen Cox got off to a slow start, but scored two touchdowns in a four-minute span to beat Thomas Jefferson 14- 7 in the first game of the Westbank Optimist Classic Jamboree.
Sophomore Jormaine Coleman jumpstarted the Cougars with an 83-yard kickoff return with 7:31 left.
“Jormaine is the real deal,” Cox coach Willie Brooks said. “I think the world of him.”
The Cougars’ second touchdown came with 3:47 left when Tavis Hart connected with a wide-open Ea’mon Davis for a 36-yard touchdown.
Thomas Jefferson scored first on a 6-yard run by Marlon Wilkins.
Rod Walker contributed to this report.