There will be no semifinal rematch for West St. John against Oak Grove.
The Rams would have had a chance to possibly avenge last year’s loss to Oak Grove with a win over Logansport on Friday night in Edgard.
Instead, it was another team’s quest for revenge that prevailed.
Eighth-seeded Logansport, which had been knocked out of the Class 1A playoffs each of the previous two years by West St. John, upset the top-seeded Rams 22-14 in the quarterfinals.
“It’s one of those things that its really good for our program to get this win because it’s bigger than last three years,” Logansport coach Kevin Magee said. “This is big for our town because West St. John eliminated the program from the playoffs numerous times in the ’90s.”
“After our last practice before the game I told our players that it was time for us to change history and they did so tonight.”
Instead of having to travel to Edgard to take on West St. John, Oak Grove will not be home next Friday against Logansport. Oak Grove, the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 12 seed Homer 55-34.
West St. John (7-4) led 14-7 before Logansport tied the game on a 37-yard pass from Jace Shoalmire to Patrick Mims with 6:09 left in the third quarter.
A 16-yard run by Xavier Simpson and a two-point conversion gave Logansport (7-5) a 22-14 lead with 5:32 left in the game.
West St. John had a pair of chances after Simpson’s touchdown to try and tie up the game to force overtime. Both of the occasions ended with interceptions.
The first interception came when a pass by West St. John quarterback D’Andre Gaudia was broken up by one Logansport defender, with the ball ending up in the hands of Roderick Horton.
“We didn’t make plays when we needed to make plays. We have to make plays in the red zone when they are there and get key stops when they are needed,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said.
The game concluded on a strange note when West St. John got the ball back but the Rams had burned two timeouts to get the play clock to run. One of the timeouts was later restored but the Rams lost 20 seconds as the clock started due to an officials error.
“I don’t know what happened with that. We’ve had issues with clock management all year and it came back to bite us. The referee said it was an error on their part and tried to explain it but I couldn’t understand the reason we didn’t get our time back, but we received our timeout back,” said Walters.
After the clock mishap, Mims sealed the win for Logansport with an interception of Gaudia.
Mims was seemingly everywhere as he accounted for 220 yards of total offense. He had six carries for 99 yards and one touchdown and four catches for 97 yards and another score. He also had a 24-yard kick return.
“He’s been capable of having this impact all year. He’s coming out of his shell a little bit and it’s good to see him play like this,” said Magee.
After a scoreless first quarter, the game’s initial points came on a 32-yard run yard by Mims out of the wildcat formation to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead with 9:16 left before halftime.
The Rams responded quickly when Kaejean Kendrick returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to tie the game.
West St. John got its running game going when Wantrell Williams, who rushed for 179 yards on 23 carries, raced 34 yards to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Dakyri Jackson.
A two-point conversion pass from Gaudia to Trenton Grow gave the Rams a 14-6 lead going into halftime.