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,” said East St. John coach Phillip Banko. “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 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. He finished with a game-high 101 rushing yards, including a seven-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put ESJ up 15-9 and ended a two-quarter scoring drought.
“I wasn’t really nervous,” said Anderson who started the game at running back. “I knew that I had to step up and just trust myself while I was at quarterback.”
ARCHBISHOP SHAW 60, FISHER 6: Denzell McCoy scored four touchdowns and Trey Ragusa had three as Archbishop Shaw scored 40 points in the first half and breezed to the non-district 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 its part, holding Fisher to 125 yards.
HAYNES 35, SOPHIE WRIGHT 20: Malik Bailey rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Ronald Clay had 127 yards rushing to lead the Yellowjackets (2-0) past Sophie Wright (1-1) in a non district game. For the second consecutive week Bailey, a sophomore running back, rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns. Clay lead a balanced running game with 66 yards rushing in the first half and 61 in the second.
Sophomore quarterback Charlie Magaw threw only two passes and both went for touchdowns. On the Jackets first score, Magaw hit a wide-open Connor Wolfe for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
PEARL RIVER 9, POPE JOHN II 7: It wasn’t exactly an offensive display as Pearl River won the game with a safety in the fourth quarter to earn a hard-fought non-district win.
Warren Easton-West Jeff postponed
Friday’s game between Warren Easton and West Jefferson was postponed after several lightning delays.
The delays began right before kickoff. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m. and will be played at Joe Brown Stadium.