Deshawn Capers-Smith had never played a football game on Sunday before.
He’d probably love to do it more often now.
Capers-Smith accounted for eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) in Easton’s 59-14 rout of West Jefferson at Joe Brown Memorial Park.
“It’s definitely the best game I have ever had,” Capers-Smith said. “We put a lot of hard work in for this one. We have worked hard, and were able to go over the top a lot.”
Capers-Smith, a Texas A&M commitment, completed 19 of 28 passes for 424yards. He also rushed 12 times for 66 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 51, 37, 25, 19, 14 and 48 yards.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday at Pan Am Stadium but was postponed after several lightning delays.
“It’s tough because you know coaches like to stay in a rhythm,” Easton coach Tony Hull said.
But the delay had no effect on the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10 and No. 17 nationally by USA Today.
Three of Capers-Smith’s touchdown passes came in a five minute-span in the opening quarter.
The first was a 51-yard strike to Evert Franklin.
The Eagles recovered the ensuing kickoff, which took a friendly bounce. Four plays later, Capers-Smith connected with Tyron Johnson, who hauled in the pass in the back of the end zone.
Another lucky bounce on the following kickoff set up the third touchdown.
This time, Capers-Smith threw a 25-yard pass to Clyde Chriss to give the Eagles a 19-0 lead with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
“We just self-inflicted,” first-year West Jefferson coach Kevin Fox said. “We failed to get on the ball on two kickoffs and just got off to a bad start.”
Johnson had a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and Capers-Smith tossed his fourth touchdown of the half to Chriss, this time a 19-yarder, to finish the first-half scoring.
He finished the first half completing 12 of 15 passes for 231 yards.
In the second half, he showed what he could do with his legs.
He capped off the first drive of the third quarter by somehow escaping a tackler in the backfield and then rushing for a highlight reel 19-yard touchdown run that pushed the score to 39-0. He then added a 20-yard run.
“Deshawn is what makes us go,” Hull said. “He is our engine and he carries this team.”
The stellar outing came just a week after he threw for 386 yards and four TDs while rushing 25 times for 148 yards and another score in a 40-32 road win over St. Amant.
The Easton defense, often overshadowed by its high-powered offense, was solid as well, recording a safety. By the second half, the only question was if the team would record a shutout.
The Buccaneers ended those chances with 3:06 in the third quarter when Coley Ransaw hit Bruce Houston on a 41-yard touchdown. They tacked on another touchdown late on a 41-yard fumble return with 2 seconds left.
The Buccaneers dropped to 0-2 and have been outscored 106-21 in a brutal opening schedule that included a 47-7 loss to No. 4 ranked Destrehan in last week’s opener.
“We weren’t prepared, and that’s on me and the coaches,” Fox said. “Too many mistakes. But we will fix that.”
Chriss finished with three touchdowns, including a 48-yarder from Capers-Smith with 3:23 left for the Eagles.
It was Easton’s highest scoring output since a 67-30 victory over Carver in Week 3 last season.
Now they prepare for a short week with a game against Carver on Friday.
“We have to treat Monday like a regular Monday,” Hull said.