Rams roll past Ridgewood in district opener

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 27, 1999

ERIC SANZENBACH / L’Observateur / September 27, 1999

EDGARD – It was pretty much a one-man show Friday night as West St.

John quarterback Carl Gauthier had 25 completions for 311 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 36-0 victory over Ridgewood.

West St. John improved to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in District 9-2A play.Ridgewood fell to 1-3 and 0-1.

Gauthier also the highest rushing yards for the Rams with 94 yards, helping the Rams out-gain the Eagles, 531-67. The Rams had 310 yards onthe ground compared to 52 for Ridgewood and held the Eagles to 15 yards passing.

The first score came in the first quarter on a fumbled snap by quarterback Troy Lugo. Lugo picked up the ball and tried to pass but was called forintentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety for West St.


West St. John began to move the ball late in the first quarter and reachedthe Ridgewood 10-yard line as the quarter ended. On the first play of thesecond quarter, Gauthier threw to Donriel Louis for a 10-yard touchdown.

The try for two failed, leaving the score at 8-0.

Ridgewood tried to move and were stopped. The Eagles punted with JeremyLumar taking the punt at the West St. John 49-yard line and returning it51 yards for a touchdown. Brian Lumar kicked the extra point to make it15-0.

Gauthier recovered from a sack by Ridgewood’s Ben Hunter on a drive later in the quarter to drive to the Eagles’ 8-yard line.

Gauthier then passed to Devin Herbert for an apparent score but a clipping call brought it back. The Eagles then held and took over at their 20. Gauthier threw to Louis, Brian Lumar and Darnell Landry on the next series to move the ball to the Ridgewood 10-yard line.

Gauthier then found Jeremy Lumar for the score and Brian Lumar added the extra point to make it 22-0 at the half.

West St. John started its first possession of the second half at its 19after a clipping call on the kickoff.

The Rams then drove downfield behind the running of Amone Lumar and Herbert, moving to the Ridgewood 28 before Gauthier was sacked and the Rams were forced to punt, West St. John took over at its 34 later in the quarter and moved to theRidgewood 9-yard line.

On first down, Gauthier tossed to Louis for the score. The Rams tried fortwo and Gauthier again found Louis to make it 30-0.

The Eagles got their best opportunity to score when Donovan Pierre was tackled on a punt attempt at the West St. John 21-yard line. After Ridgewood got two first downs, Pierre intercepted Lugo to end the drive and preserve the shutout.

Gauthier came back into the game to throw a 31-yard pass to Jackson for his fourth score of the night to make it 36-0 after the kick failed.

West St. John hosts Newman Friday while Ridgewood hosts Fisher.

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