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West Monroe rolls past Wildcats

L’Observateur / November 30, 1998

MONROE – West Monroe showed why it is the number one team in Class 5A against East St. John Friday night in the state quarterfinals, jumping outto a 35-6 halftime lead on its way to a 49-6 win.

The Rebels (13-0) will put their 35-game winning streak on the line against the winner of the Neville-Catholic game Friday night. East St. Johnconcluded its run at 9-3.

West Monroe started its first possession at the Wildcats’ 32 and scored on a Willis Britton 19-yard run with 10:03 left in the first quarter. KennyRobinson added a 45-yard and Britton scored from 3-yards out to make it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Lane Laborde led the Rebels on a 95-yard drive in the second quarter, capping it with a 56-yard pass to Marcus Turner with 10:36 left in the half. Britton scored his third touchdown of the night on a 38-yard run with8:26 remaining to make it 35-0.

East St. John got on the scoreboard as Floyd Smith connected with Roy DelWilliams from 26 yards out with 4:10 left in the half. East St. Johnrecovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff but were not able to capitalize on the turnover.

West Monroe capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 5-yard run by Robinson and a 13-yard pass from Max Causey to Turner.

Smith finished with 18 completions in 30 attempts for 232 yards for the Wildcats. Williams was the leading receiver with six catches for 86 yardswhile Chris Bush had five receptions for 71 yards. Brandon August led theground game with 29 yards on nine carries. East St. John had 252 yards intotal offense.

West Monroe rolled up 514 yards in offense, 387 of which came on the ground. Robinson carried nine times for 147 yards while Britton also wentover the century mark with 108 yards on 13 attempts. Turner had 74 yardson three catches.

West St. John 16,Vinton 12 VINTON – Jamar Bailey scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter to rally West St. John to a 16-12 quarterfinal victory at Vinton Friday night.West St. John (10-3) will face Loyola in the semifinals next Friday. Vintonfinished its season at 11-1.

Vinton took a 12-0 lead after the first quarter. Adrian Sezar opened thescoring with a 67-yard touchdown reception from Josh Breaux. The kickfailed, leaving the score at 6-0. Brandon Payne followed with a 10-yardrun with the pass for two falling incomplete.

Donriel Louis got the Rams on the scoreboard in the second quarter, grabbing a 32-yard scoring strike from Carl Gauthier. Dehaven Duronsletadded the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 12-8 at halftime.

Bailey put the Rams ahead after a scoreless third quarter. Troy Lagrangeadded the two-point conversion on a pass from Gauthier.

The Rams finished with 287 yards in offense. Bailey carried 18 times for65 yards while Duronslet added 37 yards on 17 attempts. Gauthiercompleted 12 of his 22 passes for 179 yards. Louis was his favoritereceiver, catching five passes for 126 yards.

The Rams held Vinton to 159 total yards and intercepted two passes.

Payne was the leading rusher with 26 yards on 11 carries. Breauxcompleted 3 of his 18 passes for 114 yards.

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