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Eagles leave title mark on Class A before moving up By RUSSELL HEDGES The Times NEW ORLEANS Evangel Christian Academy completed its two-year domination of Louisiana Class A football Saturday afternoon with a 44-14 rout of West St. John in the state championship game at the Louisiana Superdome. The Eagles, who defeated West St. John 29-22 in last year's title game, won their five playoff games by an average of 36.6 points. Evangel (14-1) won't get a chance to defend this year's title because the Eagles are moving up to Class 3A next year. "I told our coaches about three-fourths of the way through the season that with the way we were playing we might win this thing going away,". Evangel coach Dennis Dunn said. That's what happened. There wasn't a close ball game throughout the playoffs. "That's the way we wanted to leave Single-A, not leaving a doubt in anybody's mind. That's not a cocky statement. That's a confidence statement." Whatever, the Eagles backed it up with an array of offensive and defensive weapons that leveled West St. John (12-3). This is awesome," said Evangel linebacker Bubba Alexander, when asked about winning the state title. But Alexander also could have been describing the play of the defense. The Eagles had eight sacks, including three by Alexander, and held the Rams to minus-66 yards rushing. Subtract Ira Jackson's two touchdown passes of 77 and 47 yards and West St. John finishes with minus-31 total yards. The Rams lost Jackson after Evangel took a 30-14 lead in the third quarter. He complained of dizziness and did not return. "We were just trying to keep the pressure on the quarterback and keep him from throwing to (Tommy) Poche," said Evangel linebacker, vlatt. Merry. "Because )t .(Jackson) got it to him he can make the big plays. We all did our assignments and it worked out all right." The 6-foot-6 Poche caught only one pass the 77-yarder for West St. John's first touchdown. Sophomore Abram Booty, named Evangel's Most Valuable Player, covered Poche beginning late in the first half. Please see EAGLES, Page 7D 1 " 7' Din romm rgrsrs. fcL,-, II The TimesTIM LOEHRKE Evangel's Abram Booty looks behind Chidlow as he runs for a touchdown, him at West St. John's Calvin John . Booty was also named Eagles' MVP. Louisiana state champions CLASS 5A Hahnville (15-0) def. Ouachita (12-2),36-28. CLASS 4A Salmen (14-1) def. John Curtis (13-1), 12-7 CLASS 3A Amite (15-0) def. St. James (14-1), 38-21 CLASS 2 A Haynesville (15-0) def. Loyola (8-6), 51-3 CLASS A Evangel (14-1) def. West. St. John (13-2), 44-14. More on the Class A, 4A and 5A championships on 7D.