John Ehret rode another strong performance from Caron Baham to lock up their second consecutive District 8-5A championship.
Ehret (9-1, 5-0), ranked No. 9 in the New Orleans Advocate Large School’s Super 10, defeated West Jefferson (5-5, 3-2) 48-14 at Hoss Memtsas Stadium on Friday night as the Patriots junior quarterback rushed 15 times for 284 yards and completed 4 of 7 passes for 129 yards and accounted for five touchdowns for the second week in a row.
“He’s a true John Ehret quarterback. Last quarterback I saw play like that — and I’ve been here since 1999 — was Kordell Stewart,” Lambert said. “I was a quarterback at John Ehret, and I carried the ball 48 times in one game and he probably gets more on 19 carries than I did on those 48 carries.
“The long runs and the things he does are special.”
The Ehret defense made their presence felt, as well. It forced the Buccaneers to punt seven times, sacked their quarterback four times and only yielded 10 yards in the second half.
“We moved Robert Green from defensive end to nose guard (after the first half), and he occupied the middle,” Lambert said. “The guys were freed up on the edge, but Robert Green was a man in that middle.”
Ehret’s significant speed advantage over the Buccaneers showed during a two-play series late in the second quarter. Baham ran right on a quarterback keeper, then cut back to the left between two West Jefferson defenders and ran 80 yards for a touchdown, but the play was called back on a holding penalty.
On the next play, Baham hit running back Kardale Clark on a screen pass, and Clark ran 88 yards untouched for a touchdown. Ehret failed on the two-point conversion, but extended their lead to 28-14.
Clark finished with 28 rushing yards, his 88-yard touchdown catch and an interception he returned 10 yards for a TD.
Baham showed off that speed again to open the second half, ripping off a 41-yard touchdown run after a seven-play drive to give Ehret a 36-14 lead.
“I expect a lot of myself. You can say I’m unknown because I don’t have as many (scholarship) offers, but that makes me play with a chip on my shoulder,” Baham said. “We’re very happy to have this district title, now we just want stay humble and make our run to the (Superdome).”
After falling behind early in the first quarter, Ehret responded with touchdown runs of 63 and and 28 yards by Baham and running back Dejon Harris. After Baham converted two-point conversions following both TDs. the Patriots led 22-7 early in the second quarter.
After Harris’ touchdown run, the Bucs answered with a seven-play, 70-yard drive that ended with quarterback Ivory Jenkins running in from 2 yards out to cut the Ehret lead to 22-14.
Jenkins completed 8 of 14 passes for 130 yards and added 16 carries for 22 yards and two touchdowns in place of West Jefferson’s normal starter Coley Ransaw, who was injured.