East St. John rattles Easton

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 21, 1998

ROB ROMANCIK / L’Observateur / September 21, 1998

RESERVE – The East St. John Wildcats shaked, rattled, and rolled over theWarren Easton Eagles last night in Reserve 23-12, despite three first- quarter fumbles, the first coming on the very first play of the game.

The next two were coughed up by St. John junior running back BrandonAugust, but he later redeemed himself in the second half with strong, powerful running.

Just into the second quarter Easton (after lining up to go for a fourth and goal) quick-kicked the ball to the Wildcats’ 1-yard line. After twounsuccessful running plays, Wildcat quarterback Floyd Smith hooked up with his favorite receiver Roydel Williams for a 98-yard pass that put East St. John up 7-0. Shortly thereafter, Easton quarterback Tori Worral hit fullback Jowan Smith with a short screen pass. He beat the defense to the sideline andturned upfield hustling 45 yards into the endzone. A strong penetratingdefensive line blocked the point after attempt ending the first half at 7-6, Wildcats.

Midway through the third quarter, Wildcat QB Floyd Smith enjoyed his second TD pass of the game at 6:36 of the third quarter, this time to Brandon Mason for 25 yards.

At 11:34 in the fourth quarter, Smith again found Roydel Williams shaking off the defender and flying 16 yards into the endzone for his second TD reception of the evening.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles manage to score on a 7-yard touchdown pass and attempt a two-point conversion pass that was picked off by Charles Rayfield.

Brandon August, with redemption on his mind, single-handedly rolled and shooked his way downfield on several staight ahead, up the middle runs, and brought his team down to the 10-yard line of Warren Easton.

Finally, with one minute and 16 seconds left in the game, Billy Hogan drove the last nail in, kicking a 20-yard field goal.

Matt Roussel played impressively, as this senior linebacker knows how to shake off a block and make a tackle. Also deserving recognition is the tagteam of Floyd Smith and Roydel Williams. Williams has great hands andthe know-how to run a pattern and Smith has the arm to get the ball there.

East St. John travels to South Lafourche Friday.

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