Rams keep rolling on

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 24, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / November 24, 1999

EDGARD – What do you do for an encore? For West St. John, it does not get any better than the Rams’ 38-0 victoryover cross-parish and district rival Riverside. Except for a win over ManyFriday night in the quarterfinals.

The 10th-seeded Rams, coming off their most impressive performance of the season, host the second-seeded Tigers Friday night at the Sugar Dome.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.Against a team that had beaten them, 29-22, in the regular season and finished with just one loss, West St. John dominated from start to finish.Derrick Morris recovered a fumble for the Rams on the opening kickoff and Carl Gauthier capitalize with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Lumar.

Gauthier finished the game with 24 completions in 35 attempts for 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Lumar had seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Tight endMarlon Jackson had eight for 96 yards and Donriel Louis had six for 77 yards and the other score. West St. John backs gained 151 yards on theground as the Rams rolled up 451 yards in offense.

The Rams did it on the other side of the ball as well. West St. John held ateam that had averaged 40 points a game in the regular season and that had scored 45 points in its opening playoff game, scoreless and allowed just 129 yards and eight first downs to the Rebels.

Casey Remondet, who had rushed for over 1,000 yards during the season, including a 167-yard effort the last time the two teams met, was held to 73 yards. West St. John also forced two turnovers and did not commit anyon offense.

West St. John’s road to the Superdome does not get any easier this week.The Tigers come into the contest off a 10-0 regular season, one that included the District 4-2A championship. Many opened the playoffs with a51-14 victory over Homer before defeating Ferriday, 45-25, last Friday.

That offensive explosion in the playoffs should come as no surprise. TheTigers dominated their district with their offense, defeating district runner-up Vinton, 41-6, in the second-to-last game of the season.

In an earlier district game, the Tigers rolled up 601 yards in offense in a 48-24 victory over Pickering. Running back Darnell Williams rushed for249 yards and six touchdowns on 23 carries. Robert Kelly and quarterbackIsom Scott also ran for 100 yards and Scott passed for 116 yards. TheTiger defense is also solid led by cornerback Frank Warfield.

West St. John will look to advance to its third straight semifinal with avictory. The winner of Friday’s contest will face the winner of the St.Thomas Aquinas-Iota contest in the semifinals next week.

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