Four ejected in East St. John jamboree loss

Published 12:03 am Saturday, August 29, 2015

RESERVE — Thursday’s jamboree was a tough night for the East St. John Wildcats who saw two players ejected, which will cause them to miss the season opener after an on-field brawl.

The ejections came on the point-after attempt following Landry-Walker’s third and final touchdown of the night, sealing the Charging Bucs 19-6 over East St. John.

Free safety Javon Antonio, who had been turning heads in preseason action, and defender Kaylon Lipps will miss the season opener Friday against Archbishop Shaw. For their part in the scuffle, Landry-Walker starting quarterback Keytaon Thompson and offensive lineman Timothy Washington will miss the Charging Bucs season opener as well.

Following the fight, East St. John head coach Alden Foster called a timeout and brought players from both benches to the middle of the field where he told them that kind of behavior was unacceptable.

“We, as adults, have to show these kids how to get along and just break it down,” Foster said.

Foster said it is unfortunate that the players were ejected.

“You hate to see two football teams lose quality players going into the regular season,” Foster said.

The frustration apparent in that moment on behalf of the Wildcats had been building all game and was capped by the final touchdown of the night.

The Wildcats gave up several large plays on the night including a 20-yard run followed by a 60-yard touchdown pass to open the game up putting Landry-Walker ahead 6-0 with less than a minute off the clock.

While Wildcats wide receiver Arlandrian Martin got the return game going with a 35-yard kick return on the next possession and LSU commit Da’Monte Coxie picked up a pivotal first down, the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs on their first possession. Coxie was able to pick up a few other first downs on the night, shedding tackles, but the Wildcats offense looked sluggish overall.

When Landry-Walker took over possession it looked like the best it could do was settle for a punt after racking up back to back penalties that put the Charging Bucs at third down and 37 at their own 10-yard line.

However, a Chargin’ Bucs receiver caught the ball on a screen pass and crossed over the field weaving his way through a crowd of Wildcats defenders before finding an opening on the sideline and running in a 90-yard touchdown.

With the extra point, the Chargin’ Bucs improved their lead to 13-0.

The Wildcats defense was able to hold tight for much of the rest of the game though, putting together two defensive stands deep in their own territory including stopping Landry-Walker’s rushing attack on a third down and 2 and fourth down and 1 situation.

Despite the early scores, the Wildcats defense was able to hold tight for much of the rest of the game, putting together two defensive stands deep in their own territory, including stopping Landry-Walker’s rushing attack on a fourth-down-and-1 situation near its own ten-yard line.

On offense, the Wildcats struggled to get into a rhythm with quarterback Alvin Jackson throwing two interceptions. However, in the second half Jackson did put together a good drive connecting with Martin for a 14-yard toss and then with C.J. Turner on a 26-yard pass to put the Wildcats at the one-yard line where Shayhan Williams, who is usually on the other side of the ball at strong safety, punched the ball in for the Wildcats only score of the night.

While the Wildcats lost 19-6, Foster said his team showed resilience in not giving up after Landry-Walker put up two early scores.

“It is just finishing,” Foster said.

“It is growing pains we are going through right now, but you can see the resilience.”

Going into the season opener, Foster said he is confident his players will work through their struggles.

“Overall, we’ve got to keep working,” Foster said.

“We feel these scrimmages and jamborees against quality opponents have prepared us for what we are going to face in the future and we’ve just got to keep working.”