McDonough 35 holds on to defeat West St. John 38-36

Published 3:16 pm Saturday, October 5, 2019

EDGARD – The  West St. John Rams and their high-powered offense returned home this week to face the McDonough 35 Roneagles. D’andre Gaudia came into the game with more than 1,000 yards passing after four games and hoped to continue piling up the yardage and points against McDonough 35. The Roneagles scored a few times late in the game to come from behind with and held on for the 38-36 win.

West St. John scored first on a 20-yard touchdown run by Wantrell Williams to make the score 6-0.  D’andre Gaudia hit Trenton Grow on a 55-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter to make the score 12-0.

McDonough 35 moved the ball in the second quarter, but the drive stalled after a sack by Rams Jakobe Lewis. The Roneagles missed a 32-yard field goal, and the score remained 12-0. The Roneagles got on the board in late in the second quarter with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion to make the score 12-8 at halftime.

McDonough 35 would strike fast in the second half when they returned the kickoff for a touchdown and the 15-12 lead. The Roneagles scored again a few minutes later on a 4-yard rushing touchdown with a two-point conversion for a 23-12 lead.

After a roughing the punter penalty, the Rams went on a long drive that was capped off with Gaudia to Grow 26-yard touchdown pass to close the lead to 23-18 in the third quarter.

West St. John battled back to take the lead when Dandre Gaudia launched a 58-yard touchdown strike to Trenton Grow for the 24-23 lead in the fourth quarter.

McDonough 35 drove the ball down the field and capitalized on a 13-yard touchdown run to re-capture the lead 31-24 and score again late in the game for the 38-24 lead.

West St. John scored again on a long pass from Gaudia to Grow for a late touchdown for the 38-30 score and recovered the onside kick for some late game excitement. Gaudia would connect with Grow yet again for a touchdown with less than a minute left in the game. The two-point conversion failed, and the Roneagles held on for the 38-36 win.

West St. John will travel to Slidell to face (9-4A) Salmen next week