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St. John Eagles Win On And Off The Playing Field

Coach Buddy Singleton's St. John Eagles continue plugging away, getting the job done, both offensively and defensively in their quest to win the 2A State Championship, only two wins away from achieving their goal. Last season, the Eagles ousted Loyd Star in the playoffs.

Singleton said, "We played them last year and they have almost everybody back. They have a real good defense. Don't have a lot of speed, but they don't make many mistakes. They've got a good kicking game. They'll be tough."

The Eagles offense can explode at any time led by quarterback Garner Wetzel who has tossed 23 touchdowns on the season. St. John also pounds the football on the turf, behind a host of outstanding running backs. Don Harrien is a threat running and catching the football... a young man who combines speed and power, bagging 17 touchdowns. He can do it all. Don Harrien said, "Versatility is the key. Pass blocking, run blocking, running down field. I just give my all."

Besides Harrien, Leo Casey rumbles out of the backfield... a power back who will run over a defender. He's rock solid a tough back to bring down who delivers blows to would be tacklers. Leo Casey said, "Always done that as a kid. It's always been in me, to hit people and be aggressive." If the game comes down to a deciding kick... Chris Sims has the foot to propel the Eagles on top.

CASPER WON'T DISAPPEAR: A restraining order allowing St. John defensive standout Benny Casper continues. That means, Casper can play against Loyd Star in the Eagles "2A" South State title game Friday night at Milner Stadium. Casper was given a hardship case to play at St. John after transferring from Gulfport high school. When Lumberton and Richton objected, the Mississippi High School Activities Association reversed its ruling saying he was now ineligible. Casper's grandmother got a restraining order, one that was renewed Wednesday in Chancery Court. Final briefs in the case will be heard December 14th.

By A.J. Giardina

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