By RODRICK ANDERSON
The Westlake Rams are out to prove this week that their 0-4 record doesn’t really show what type of team they are.
“It sounds cliche’ but I think that we are better than our record,” Westlake head coach John Richarson said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.
“We have to go out there and play four good quarters at a time and so far we have not done that.”
For three weeks, the Rams have come close to picking up their first win, but something always seems to stand in their way. Last week it was penalties. At the end of the second quarter, five consecutive defensive penalties by Westlake gave East Feliciana five untimed downs, leading to a touchdown and a 36-14 halftime deficit. The Rams committed a sixth on the two-point conversion. Westlake lost 34-28. The Rams also had a red zone drive that was stalled by a pair of 15-yard penalties on the same play.
“It was 28-14 at halftime and there was a situation there where they had six untimed downs right there before halftime,” Richardson said. “Five for the touchdown and we did it again on the two-point conversion.
“It was unreal. We have enough trouble without that happening. It is just one of them deals. We are playing better at times and playing close, but we are just having some crucial mistakes at bad times. It was kind of unreal.”
Westlake (0-4) will play its first home game since Week 1 today when it hosts Oakdale (3-1).
“They (Oakdale) are coming in with a lot of confidence right now,” Richardson said. ‘They are playing well. We just have to go out there and put a complete game together.”
Oakdale senior Keyon Pugh leads all Southwest Louisiana small-school running backs with 668 yards and nine touchdowns.
Westlake will need to limit big plays after giving up five over 30 yards last week, including four touchdowns.
“The biggest thing is that we just have to do a better job of tackling,” Richardson said. “We are in position most of the time when we need to be.
“We have to be more physical. We will play several good downs and then we will give up a big play because we haven’t tackled well. We have to be more physical at the point of attack. There is no magic answer.”
DeQuincy (2-2) at Leesville (4-0)
DeQuincy is trying to build on its 46-42 win over Albany last week but has a tough road game today at Class 4A No. 4 Leesville.
DeQuincy quarterback Gunner Gearen has thrown for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns, and receivers Cooper Hext and Braylon Snell have combined for 893 yards and nine touchdowns. But they will be up against a pair of strong cornerbacks in Darius Allen (8 pass breakups) and Quan Williams (2 INT).
Leesville is 4-0 for the third consecutive season.
DeQuincy will have to contain the Gallashaw brothers (D’ante and Caleb), who have combined for 668 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
DeQuincy and Leesville will play for the first time in 47 years.