St. John continues to roll

On Friday night, television stations across the state broadcast footage of jamboree action and perhaps the most devastating hit captured by a camera came from Louisiana Tech commit Warren Bates. St. John-Plaquemine, a Class A school led by Bates and DE/OLB Herman Fitch, continued to bully large schools with a 9-0 whitewash of Class 4A St. Michael. Read further to get the details.

"We worked on our coverage all week," said Louisiana Tech commit Warren Bates, "and we were in the cover three on that play. The quarterback rolled to the right and I had the deep middle portion of the field.

"I could see their slot back try to come in from the side and sit in the middle - waiting for the pass - and I just timed it perfectly."

That wasn't the only headache doled out by Bates on Friday.

"I had a big hit on another play," he said. "On this one, I was a little further back; their quarterback threw the ball too high, and I drilled the receiver in the chest. It would have been a first down, but he dropped the ball."

Bates had six tackles and a quarterback hurry, to go along with the pair of bone-rattling hits. His teammate, Herman Fitch, also played well.

"I was quiet on defense in terms of my stats, but I was able to put pressure on the quarterback," said Fitch. "We didn't give him time to throw.

"I actually think I had a better game on offense in the jamboree. I had two catches for 25 yards, both of which went for first downs."

Net week, St. John will attempt to slay yet another large school when 4A Belaire, which went 4-6 last year, pays the Eagles a visit.

"We go into each game knowing that we can win," said Fitch, "and knowing that we will do our best."


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