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ESJ faces stiff test in district opener

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / September 23, 1998

RESERVE – East St. John opens District 6-5A action Friday night againstthe team many feel is the favorite for the district title this season.

South Lafourche, 1-1 on the season, finished 6-6 last season but upset West Jefferson in the first round of the playoffs. The Tarpons return 9offensive starters, including running back Vic King who rushed for over 1,500 yards.

Michael Delatte steps in for Brook Guidroz at quarterback. Delatte, asenior, can run the ball himself or handoff to a host of capable runners.

Besides King, the Tarpon backfield features senior Reese Angelette, a 215-pound fullback. The two will run behind an experienced line, includingguard Renzi Sandras and Robert St. Pierre.The question mark for the Tarpons comes on defense. Linebacker TerrenceAlario and defensive tackle Michael Carey are the top returnees but the rest of the defense is inexperienced. Defensive back Al-John Boudreauxand defensive end David Jamison are the top newcomers.

The Trapons’ potent offense was held in check last week in a 22-0 loss to third-ranked Archbishop Rummel. But in week one, South Lafourche rolledto a 27-6 victory over Fortiere. King had touchdown runs of 75, 51 and 84in gaining 252 yards on the ground. Angellette added a 1-yard run as theTarpons ran for 305 yards.

East St. John got its offense going again after shaking off the effects ofan unexpected off week to defeat Warren Easton, 23-12, last Friday. FloydSmith threw three touchdown passes, one a 98-yard strike to Roydel Williams, in passing for 192 yards on the night. Williams also caught 16-yard touchdown pass from Smith. Brandon August led a rushing attack thatgained 135 yards on the ground.

Last season, the Wildcats opened up a 46-0 lead on the Tarpons on their way to a 46-16 victory. East St. John scored on its first four possessionson two touchdown passes by Franklin McKinnis and two touchdown runs by Juan Reese. Randy Johnson blocked a punt to set up one of the scores andAlex Edwards returned an interception for another score, giving the Wildcats a 32-0 halftime lead.

Another interception by Johnson set up another McKinnis touchdown pass and Brandon August put the finishing touches on the game with a touchdown run. The defense, led by senior linebacker Matt Roussel,harassed the Tarpons all night, getting seven sacks and three interceptions.

East St. John returns home next Friday to play Terrebonne. South Lafourchetravels to Thibodaux.

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