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Part 3 Prelude To “The Road To The Dome” – Newcomers and Veterans St Aug/Warren Easton

Final Stop Saturday Night Live – Ted Gormey – St Aug Purple Knights vs Warren Easton Eagles

This Jamboree Game was more than a Jamboree game, trust me…the pre-game atmosphere was like a playoff game as both teams took the field.  From the opening kick off, it was all the Purple Knights could do to stop the speedy return specialist 2018 Damien Tate for Easton. Tate continued the pregame excitement at the start of the game as he took the opening kickoff back to midfield to set the Eagles up with great field position for their first offensive drive. The Eagles’ offense tested the Knight defense all night and each time the Knight’s battled.

St Augustine Purple Knights – New Orleans 

St Aug’s defense is up tempo. They are quick off the ball and will apply continuous pressure all night. The best way to describe the St Aug defense is gritty and scrappy.  They will stand up to anyone on every play during a game. They are led by great group of Seniors OLB Kyle Jackson, DE Juan Monjarres (Tulane Commit), OLB Zion Wilcox, NG Dante’ “Baby Sapp” Carter (Nicholls State Commit) and DE Kendrick Hills.  The secondary is lead by Senior #5 FS Donniel Ward-Magee (Nicholls State Commit) and DB Jamaal Scott. 

During the game, St Aug’s defense forced a fumble, had a fumble recovery and three sacks including an explosive sack coming from the right side by 2018 DE (Tulane Commit) Juan Monjarres. That defensive play forced Easton to punt the ball back to St Aug who took over at the 30 yd line, late in the game, to give the Knights an opportunity to score.  Another key defensive play was made by 2018 DB Jamaal Scott who had a well timed pass break up in the end zone to end another scoring chance by Easton.

St Augustine’s offense is lead by Senior QB Dewayne McGill Jr. McGill (9/8 68 yards) has several offensive weapons that he used during the game including Senior RB Garland LaFrance ( Texas Tech Commit) who rushed for 25 yards and had 25 yards receiving, 2020 WR Josh White who had 4 catches for 36 yards, and Senior WR Joseph Walker.

Offense starts up front and St Augustine’s Big Men did their job.  They opened holes, got down field on run plays, and provided pass protection for McGill.  The Offensive Big Men include: #71 Senior Tackle Jordan Pettway #70 Junior Guard Dylan Pam #51 Senior Center Latrell Dace (3.6 GPA/20 ACT) #53 Senior Guard Jonathan Brown #54 Senior Tackle Bless Harris  (3.0 GPA/ 20 ACT)

Warren Easton Eagles:

2019 QB (6’3″ 206) Lance LeGendre (101 Yards – 1 TD) and 2018 WR (6’4″ 183) Yo’Heinze Tyler for Easton combined for the air assault as they connected on a 29 yd TD pass, which was the only score of the game with 37 seconds left in half. LeGendre scrambled for another touchdown but it was called back for a penalty as well. The LeGendre/Tyler connection, connected again on a Hail Mary pass in the end zone as time expired. The talented WR, Yo’Heinze Tyler, out jumped three defenders to snatch the ball away; however, it was called back due to a holding penalty at the line of scrimmage. The half ended on one untimed down, with Warren Easton leading 7-0 over St Aug.

The running attack for Warren Easton was lead by the speedy, tough and hard running 2020 RB/WR (6’0″ 184) Ashaad “Shaddie” Clayton  (3 carries for 28 yards) Clayton has already caught the eye of many top programs, including SEC Programs.  He holds offers that includes LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon State, Auburn, In State Tulane, and Kansas.  His motto “Let’Em Know” comes to reality every time he touches the ball.

Top Moments of the Game : The second half brought even more excitement and hard fighting defense for both sides. A key sack by 2018 DE Juan Monjarres, a great pursuit by Easton’s 2019 DE (6’3″ 225) Nile Vincent for a tackle for a loss continued the story line of a great game by both teams. The game ended with St Augustine going for it on 4th down with a pass being deflected in the endzone by Easton’s #7 2019 SS Jahmal Sam and #3 2019 Chester Kimbrough.

Final Notes:
An outstanding young man and player for Warren Easton that deserves a shout out is  –  2018 Four Star ATH Sheldon “Sticks” Jones, who had one catch on the night for 14 yards.  You will hear much more from Jones during the season.  He is probably one of the most acrobatic, dynamic, and intense players you will see take the field in Louisiana this year.  There is nothing he can’t do on a football field.  Jones is a UTSA Commit.

Big Note after watching Lance LeGendre in person, not only does he have a great arm and can drop a pass on a dime, he is also very illusive, has great feet, and is extremely mobile. LeGendre scrambled on two other plays during the game that would have resulted in touchdowns had they not been called back due to penalties. One of the plays he totally reversed field to pick up the 1st Down for Easton and the other he weaved through would be tacklers for 79 yards on what appeared to be a touchdown.

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