Devonte Williams and John Primeaux provided the No. 11 seeded Eagles with all the early game spark needed to subdue the No. 22 seeded Hanson Memorial Tigers. Williams and Primeaux combined for early scores, helping SJHS to three straight touchdowns in the opening minutes of the first quarter.
Hanson Memorial fought back in the opening moments of the second quarter with a sustained drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown from quarterback Drake Rodriguez.
HMS marched 80 yards in 14 plays to trim the Eagles lead to 21-6 at the 9:46 mark of the second stanza.
Hanson’s Haden Judice started the drive with a 11-yard burst up the middle before Rodriguez plowed for one-yard, setting up a second-and-nine from the 33. Hanson leading rusher Kole Fluke picked up 12 yards keeping the drive alive for Judice to return for another big gain of eight yards. Hanson’s Collin Broussard rambled for three more yards and Beau Ancona rumbled for 10 more, bringing the ball to rest at the Eagles’ 6 yard line. Two plays later, Rodriguez weaved his way in for the touchdown as the Tigers trailed the Eagles 21-6 at the 9:46 mark of the second quarter.
St. John struck back with a pair of touchdowns over the final 7:35 of the second quarter to build a 35-6 halftime cushion.
Williams, who scored three times on the night, fueled the Eagles’ charge late in the second quarter with an 25-yard touchdown reception. Williams scored the game’s first TD on a 21-yard run before racing 45 yards with the game’s final TD with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Hanson’s Kole Fluke rushed 13 times for 48 yards while Beau Ancona carried 10 times for 34 yards. Collin Broussard had eight carries for 16 yards while Haden Judice finished with three carries for 19 yards.
Drake Rodriguez was 1 for 16 with Chase Businelle making the reception for 16 yards.
HMS finished the season with a 7-4 overall mark with a berth in the state Class 1A playoffs.