EDGARD — Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said he’s one of those coaches who is never completely satisfied with the way his team plays.
So he admitted to some mixed feelings about Friday night’s 28-8 victory over West St. John.
While happy to get the win and see his team improve to 3-1 and happy that several youngsters got some valuable playing time, Rebaudo wasn’t so happy about some of the mistakes his team made along the way. The Tigers were unstoppable at some times, very stoppable at others.
Quarterback Kyle Schexnayder connected with tight end Tyler Lamm on a pair of short touchdowns in the first half. Corey Rholdon nabbed a 24-yard interception return for another score in the second quarter, and Ashton Smith scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter.
The Tigers had other chances, including a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the first half that was nullified by the officials because the teams were not set. Reed Gravolet also missed a 39-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
Schexnayder completed seven passes for 39 yards with one interception before being relieved late by Kyle Hunter. Laiton Johnson led the Holy Cross ground game with 104 yards on 17 carries. The Tigers were fortunate not to lose any of their five fumbles.
“From playing them last year, we knew what we were getting into,” Rebaudo said. “We’ve got to brush up on a lot of things, especially before we get into district play. We had some young guys get an opportunity to play tonight and get some experience. We’ve got to brush up on some ball security.”
West St. John struggled to get much of anything going. With starting quarterback Jermoine Green nursing a sore shoulder from last week, Rams coach Robert Valdez went with junior Juwan Boudoin.
But he had difficulty finding his receivers and finished with three completions for 15 yards and one interception. Valdez found no relief in the running game: The Rams rushed 27 times for a total of 43 yards. They were held to four first downs in the first half.
Once Green did resume his quarterbacking duties late in the game, he finished with 101 yards on 11 completions, including an 18-yard touchdown to Bradley Borne in the final minutes of the game.
Of more concern to Valdez on Friday was the Rams’ punt protection. Holy Cross blocked one punt and partially blocked two others. The Tigers only drove the length of the field on their first possession.
“We can’t have that against a (Class) 5A, good football team,” Valdez said. “I think the effort was there. The kids came out and played hard. We just can’t have those mistakes. We never could find our rhythm.”