Borne brings the pain

East St. John, led up front by junior defensive tackle Gerron Borne, raced past Patterson and four-star RB Kenny Hilliard last week on statewide TV in Louisiana. With Borne wreaking havoc along the line of scrimmage, the Wildcats took a convincing 34-14 road win. Find out what Borne had to say about that game, as well as his reaction to the SMU/Texas Tech contest.

"Our coaches kept telling us that the game was on TV and we wanted to go hard," said East St. John (Reserve, La.) defensive tackle Gerron Borne of his team's opening-week victory over highly-touted Patterson. "We were motivated after the jamboree game (one-point loss to St. Charles Catholic).

"It was a shame, the way we had so many penalties in the jamboree. I think we had around 14 penalties for 140 yards that night, while we only had four for 40 yards against Patterson."

Borne and his colleagues on the East St. John defense kept four-star RB Kenny Hilliard in check Friday night. East St. John waltzed to a 28-7 lead and Hilliard, one of the top backs in the nation, was never a factor.

"We wanted to shut them down by hitting them hard on every play," Borne said. "Our gameplan was to make them run inside - not to allow them to get to the sidelines.

"I did good, but I could have done better. I had six or seven tackles, a tackle for a loss, and half a sack. I think Hilliard (who rushed for 2,512 yards in 2009) had 47 yards against us in the first half.

"I wanted to do well. I've seen my name on these recruiting lists of juniors that are coming out and I knew lots of scouts would be watching the game.

"The letters have really started coming from colleges. I got letters today from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Alabama, and Miami."

Does Borne have any favorites?

"Texas A&M is first," he said, "and I would say that Miami is second, followed by Mississippi State, and SMU is in the mix as well. I also got a letter from Louisiana Tech the other day.

"The SMU/Texas Tech game was a great matchup. Bot teams had great athletes and SMU played good, but when you make mistakes and turn the ball over, it's usually going to cost you."

Borne and East St. John, which is ranked in the top 10 in Class 5A, are heavy favorites entering this week's game vs. Istrouma (Baton Rouge).

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