Thursday, September 29, 2005 Overall Top 20

#10 Ricky Dixon

Ricky Dixon (Sr, TE/QB) is a senior this year at ESJ. Ricky is absolutely one of my favorite guys on offense. He has the size and speed to create chaos. Ricky has 2 receiving TDs, 1 rushing and also 1 passing TD on the season thus far. I can't wait to watch Ricky playing on Saturday's next year! Good luck Ricky from one of your #1 fans.

#17 Johnnie Thiel

Johnnie Thiel (Jr, QB) is our new QB here at ESJ. He transferred from John Curtis earlier this year. At Curtis, he lead them to a victory last year in the championship game. Johnnie is currently 13 for 19 with 5 passing and 2 rushing TD's, 0 interceptions. Good luck to Johnnie on his first year at ESJ.

#7 Louis Lee

Louis Lee (Sr, WR) has caught 4 passes for 144 yards and 4 TD's. He is one of my favorite receivers to watch out for. Good luck on your senior season Louis!

#22 Johnny Owen

Johnny Owen (Jr, RB) is a transfer from Brother Martin due to Hurricane Katrina. In the two games he has played, he has amassed 204 yards on 10 carries. He has accounted for 2 rushing TD's so far this season. Good luck 22 on your season here at ESJ.

Showdown breakdown: JC vs. ESJ

Monday, September 26, 2005

ESJ vs EAHS recap

Thiel, East St. John gain redemption, coast past East Ascension

By Tammy Nunez
Staff writer

GONZALES – For quarterback Johnnie Thiel and East St. John, Sunday’s game at East Ascension was an opportunity to make amends for last week’s one-point loss to Hahnville.

“I just felt all we had to do was work hard and get going,” said Thiel, who transferred to East St. John from John Curtis before the start of the school year.

Thiel’s first half was nearly perfect; he was 9-for-9 for 224 yards, pushing the Wildcats to a 49-7 non-district victory.

“It was excruciating the way we lost (to Hahnville)” East St. John coach Larry Dauterive said. “We had the game in our hands and we let it go.”

Sunday there was no point where the Wildcats didn’t have the game in hand. The first series, a five-play, 53-yard drive that Thiel capped with a three-yard run, highlighted a smooth, relentless offense.

Less than a minute later, the Wildcats scored on the first play of their next drive. Thiel threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Louis Lee, who also caught scoring passes of nine and 56 yards.

Thiel rushed for 29 yards and accounted for all five East St. John touchdowns in the half. The Wildcats defense allowed 14 yards rushing and 15 passing in the first half.

The Spartans’ touchdown came on a mistake when center Josh Fleming recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone. The Spartans were given that opportunity when they recovered a bad Thiel pitch on the East St. John 10-yard line.

Ricky Dixon extended the lead three minutes later with a weaving, 79-yard touchdown catch from Thiel, giving the Wildcats a 35-7 halftime edge.

Dixon played most of the second half at quarterback, and accounted for the two East St. John second-half touchdowns. He scored on a one-yard run with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter and threw to Lee on a 56-yard play.

Dauterive said the difference in last week’s heartbreak and this week’s victory was preparation.

“We were game-ready this week,” Dauterive said.

Thiel’s performance sealed the game, Dauterive said.

“He’s a guy that’s not real fast, but he’s shifty,” Dauterive said. “He was well-coached in the two years (at Curtis) before I got him.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Stats vs Hahnville 9-17-05

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Hahnville rallies past East St. John

Hahnville rallies past East St. John
By Lori Lyons
Staff writer

It was a non-district game played between two district opponents, and it was played during the daytime instead of at night. But it still was a typical Hahnville-East St. John game – with the same result.Hahnville receiver Laron Byrd caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tigers quarterback Early James as time expired to give Hahnville a 28-27 victory over East St. John in Boutte on Saturday.James’ Hail Mary pass was tipped by Tigers receiver Brian Singleton into the waiting hands of Byrd, who landed in the end zone.It was the sixth consecutive victory for Hahnville over East St. John, although all of those were district games. Saturday’s game was arranged because both teams were scheduled to play Orleans Parish opponents.The game had to be played during the day because of damage to Hahnville’s stadium lights.“It was typical Hahnville-East St. John football,” said Hahnville coach Lou Valdin, who said he didn’t see the catch or know who caught it. “I couldn’t tell you. I know he was wearing a purple jersey. We just sent four receivers right up the pipe.“We’ve got two basketball players out there. I figured one of them could jump up and catch it.”Byrd, a sophomore, was carried out of the end zone by teammates as the rest of the team rushed onto the field. At the other end, East St. John’s players were sitting, squatting, some lying on the field, stunned by the turn of events.After officials marked off a 15-yard penalty against Hahnville for celebrating, James took a knee on the extra point try to end the game.“The last play of the game, it was just up to everybody,” said Byrd, who had one other catch for three yards in the game. “We just went out and executed. Number 14 (Singleton) tipped it, and I had it in my vision. It was the best play of my life.''James completed 12 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown.“I had (Singleton) in mind,” he said. “The play was just to throw the ball in the end zone, so that’s what I did.”East St. John hadn't been so close to victory against Hahnville in a while. The Wildcats had scored 27 points in the first half, and quarterback Johnnie Theil had completed all three of his passes 152 yards and two touchdowns. Running back John Owen, who transferred toEast St. John from Brother Martin after the storm, had two carries for 81 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown run. But in the second half, East St. John gained only one first down.Victory seemed within reach when the Wildcats, who were leading 27-20, stopped a Hahnville drive deep in East St. John territory. East St. John's Lacardio Joseph intercepted a pass by James at the goal line but landed on his back at the 1. On the next play, Hahnville’s Carnell James sacked James in the end zone for a safety, cutting East St. John's lead to 27-22.After the kick and an illegal block penalty, Hahnville started its next drive at its 29 with 2:35 to play. James drove the Tigers to the East St. John 30, but a fumbled pitch to running back Terrance Isaac was recovered by East St. John’s Kalen Collins. The Wildcats took over with 1:19 to play.Hahnville’s defense held the Wildcats to six yards on three plays, and East St. John punted.The Tigers had only 16 seconds with which to work. On first down, James connected with Singleton on a 12-yard pass to the Hahnville 49, after which James grounded the ball to stop the clock. Then came the miraculous play.“It was a typical Hahnville-East St. John game,” said Wildcats coach Larry Dauterive, whose team was playing its first game since the River Parishes Jamboree on Aug. 26. “And, as usual, we come out on the losing end. It definitely was a first game for us. But I don’t want to use that as an excuse. They did a great job of adjusting. I can’t take anything away from them. We did the same thing we had been doing (in the second half), they just stopped us.''

Saturday, September 17, 2005

ESJ VS HHS My 2 Cents

Hahnville's chaingang deserves to be BANNED from the sidelines for the entire season. Why are you picking fights with 17 & 18 yr old kids? Your suppose to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT while holding the chains.

ESJ vs HHS Game of the Week

Friday, September 16, 2005


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Students Sports Fab 50 rankings

East St. John comes in at #46 IN THE NATION!

46. East St. John (Reserve, LA) 0-0 (46) For the first time since Aug. 30, the Wildcats know for certain who their opponent will be. Coach Larry Dauterive recently finalized a nondistrict road game with league rival Hahnville for Saturday. East St. John will then turn around and play Hahnville again for its originally scheduled district game on Oct. 7. Hahnville, which is located a few miles southwest of New Orleans and suffered moderate damage from Hurricane Katrina, played its first game of the season Sunday afternoon when it beat Central Lafourche 43-7. (

Things getting back to Normal

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