While some might have thought East St. John’s offense could be contained, few likely saw a shutout coming when the Wildcats were blanked 21-0 last Friday against Hahnville.
“Hahnville came out and had a really good defensive game play,” East St. John coach Brandon Brown said. “Those guys can move around and make plays and kind of restricted some of the things we wanted to do.
“We have some things we have to clean up. We have to go back to basics, just blocking, running and catching. We saw some things on film where we just didn’t execute.
“It’s not the end of the world. We just have to get better.”
East St. John (3-2) takes a break from District 7-5A play when the Wildcats host Helen Cox (2-3) on Friday.
The game will be live streamed on VSN Louisiana. Jason Duhe will handle play by play with color commentary by Terrence Jones. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
“It falls at a good time for us. After a good butt-whipping we just received and next week we are going into Destrehan, so it falls at a good time,” Brown said.
Still, the Wildcats can’t take Cox lightly, according to Brown.
“We can’t let our guards down. I look at Helen Cox, defensively they are big and physical. They fly around and making some things happen,” the East St. John coach said.
The back end of the defense is the strength for Cox, Brown said.
“Their secondary is really, really good,” he said. “You talk about Rae’kwon Starks and Ken’darrius Moore and outside linebacker, Kelin Burrle, all those guys.
“They have really good team speed. Defensively, they are really, really good. They fly around.”
Jordan George had been the starter at quarterback for Cox but an injury has seen the insertion Ray Ruffin, a sophomore.
“He’s mobile. He throws the ball well. He has a few good targets,” said Brown.
Cox also can run the ball.
“Their big running back, Tyrone Wilson, he does a really good job running between the tackles. He has real good speed. He’s a big play at any moment. They will use him in the wildcat,” Brown explained.
At the midpoint in the season, the Wildcats find themselves in a scenario similar to that of a year ago.
“We are kind of in a similar situation where we were last year and we had to finish the year strong, winning three in a row. Now the challenge is to see if we can win four in a row,” said Brown.
Aiding the Wildcats’ cause is the return to heath of several players.
Running back Calvin Gardner, who has been sidelined injuries, is closer to being fully healthy.
“Calvin Gardner played against Hahnville but wasn’t 100 percent. He’s getting better by the day,” Brown noted.
Also expected back is receiver Raydell Jackson, the twin brother of Rydell.
“That will give us another dimension out wide. Teams won’t be able to double-cover Markel August and Dontae Fleming as they have been doing,” said Brown.
Dominic Paul, who has been out with a hand injury, also is expected back in the lineup.
Everyone back healthy could even help the Wildcats raise the ante.
“When we get everybody back in the fold and have our full team, I really like our chances to finish strong, end the season with a five-game winning streak and get into the playoffs and let’s see what can happen,” Brown said.
Click below for the link to the game that is set to begin on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.