DHS, HHS score wins over East St. John

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2009


Sports Editor

East St. John butted heads with each of its two River Parish district rivals for the final time this season.

Hahnville captured a 3-0 win in Reserve on Friday night over ESJ, while Destrehan hosted and defeated ESJ last Tuesday, 4-1.

For the Tigers (7-10-1, 2-2), it keeps the team in third place in District 6-I, a game ahead of Destrehan and St. Amant.

East St. John (7-14, 0-8), meanwhile, has struggled through district play with a shorthanded roster. ESJ dressed only 12 players on Friday night.

Hahnville took a 1-0 lead with a score in the last 10 minutes of the first half, and it would turn out to be the deciding goal.

“We played them pretty evenly in the first half. After halftime, we ran out of juice,” said East St. John coach Paul Dupuy.

Dupuy said that he felt the Wildcats had a speed advantage man to man, but that Hahnville counteracted that with some well designed plays.

“They’d set up from 40 yards out and cross it right in there, in front of the net,” Dupuy said. “They’ve got a couple of very fast forwards that they took advantage of.”

The Destrehan (11-7-2, 3-5) game shook out in similar fashion. DHS scored two quick goals early in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. DHS would finish the job with two goals in the match’s late stages.

Antonio Guerrero scored ESJ’s goal.