Stewart leads Wolfpack over Ellender

BALDWIN — Senior wide receiver DaiJuan Stewart caught touchdown passes of 11 and 42 yards while also returning a kickoff 85 yards for a score to lead the West St. Mary Wolfpack to a 33-13 nondistrict victory over the Ellender Patriots here Friday at Wolfpack Stadium.

West St. Mary (3-0) broke open a scoreless game when its stout defense stopped Ellender quarterback Dustin Creppel in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead at the 9:54 mark of the first quarter.

The Wolfpack quickly extended the lead to 9-0 when quarterback Tre’vell Dixon fired an 11-yard scoring strike to Stewart. Javon Anderson’s point-after-touchdown gave WSM the 9-0 advantage with 2:05 remaining in the opening stanza.

Ellender’s Ralph Singleton brought the Patriots back with a 46-yard TD. Singleton took the handoff and darted around right end untouched on his way to a 46-yard score. Andiel Novelo added the extra point as the Patriots pulled within two points of the Wolfpack at 9-7 at the 10:57 mark of the second quarter.

West St. Mary struck twice before halftime on a one-yard plunge from Glenn Marsh along with a 42-yard catch and run hookup between Dixon and Stewart as the Wolfpack took a 23-7 halftime cushion.

Marsh capped a six-play, 63-yard drive with his 1-yard TD in the second quarter.

Keying the drive, Dixon fired a 30-yard completion to Stewart, setting up the Wolfpack at the 1. One play later, Marsh plowed through for the score.

Stewart was called upon again to dig the Wolfpack out of a hole before halftime. On third-and-29, Stewart was on the scoring end of a tight spiral from Dixon, resulting in the 42-yard TD as the Wolfpack soared to a 23-7 halftime advantage.

Dixon, who completed 16 of 21 passes for 219 yards and 2 TDs, lofted a pass to a wide-open Stewart on the scoring play for the Wolfpack. Stewart finished the night with 11 catches for 183 yards and 2 TDs. Marsh finished as the Wolfpack’s leading rusher with 15 totes for 182 yards and one TD.

In the second half, the Patriots trimmed West St. Mary’s lead to 23-13 when Creppel fired a dart to Houston Chatman for a 61-yard TD with 6:30 left in the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Stewart raced his way unmolested on an 85-yard kickoff return. Stewart hauled in the kick, weaved right, before scurrying down the right sideline for the touchdown much to the delight of the WSM fans. Anderson booted the extra point to hand WSM a 30-13 advantage.

In the final period, Anderson made good on a 21-yard field goal during the final 3:57 of the game.

West St. Mary improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season while the Ellender Patriots slipped to 0-3 on the year.

West St. Mary will travel to face the Kaplan Pirates on Friday.

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