It was a bad formula for East Jefferson.
Powerful John Ehret was coming off of a rare loss and the Patriots were at home for Homecoming at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
Ehret dominated from start to finish in a convincing 60-0 victory over East Jefferson Thursday night.
The Warriors had trouble holding onto the ball, fumbling it away on four consecutive possessions in the first half to allow the Patriots to break the game open. East Jefferson committed an astonishing six turnovers in the game, including five lost fumbles.
Sophomore Travis Mumphrey was the catalyst, passing for three first half touchdowns and running for a fourth. Two of his scoring tosses were to Brandon James. Darius Campbell scored twice, once on a run and another on a pass from Mumphrey.
On Ehret’s first possession, the Patriots drove 63 yards in 12 plays with Darius Campbell scoring on a five-yard run to make it 7-0 following Ahmad Bradley’s extra point. It stayed that way through the end of the first quarter.
Brandon Jeudy recovered a fumble on the next East Jefferson possession but the Patriots did not capitalize.
The Patriots (3-1, 1-0) broke it open in the second quarter, scoring 26 points, largely thanks to the four East Jefferson lost fumbles.
Keyshawn Acker recovered a fumble at the East Jefferson 26-yard line and on the next play, Mumphrey raced 26 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 just eight seconds into the second quarter.
On the next possession, Darius Campbell recovered a fumble at the Warrior 13-yard line. Three plays later, Mumphrey connected with Campbell on a 16-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0 with 9:48 to play in the half.
The next East Jefferson fumble was recovered by Isiah Windmon at the East Jefferson 36-yard line. Four plays later, Mumphrey hit Brandon James on a nine-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-0 with 7:16 to play in the half.
Just before halftime, Mumphrey hit James on a 26-yard touchdown pass to make it 33-0 at the break.
John Ehret continued to pour it on in the third quarter, taking the kickoff and driving 55 yards in six plays with James capping the drive with a five-yard run to make it 40-0 with 9:15 to play in the third quarter.
Another East Jefferson fumble occurred on its next series with Edmond Belazaire recovering and on the next play, Deron Coleman scored on an 11-yard run to make it 47-0 with 8:27 to play in the quarter.
Before the end of the quarter, Brandon Brown scored on a six-yard run to make it 54-0.
The final score came on defense in the fourth quarter as Jerrae Williams intercepted a Gerard Walker pass and returned it 58 yards for a score to account for the final margin.
Ehret played with a heavy heart, having lost standout wide receiver Jamal Houston for the season with a torn ACL and torn meniscus in last week’s 21-7 loss to Destrehan. Patriots head coach Corey Lambert was pleased with the way his team responded.
“It was a tough losing Jamal,” Lambert said. “We need five to six guys to fill that role and they are all lining up, willing to do so. You saw some of them tonight. I am proud of the way we rebounded from losing Jamal and losing to Destrehan. If you want to be a championship team, if you want to return to the Superdome in December, you have to win every week, get better every week and I believe we did so tonight.”
Mumphrey completed 11-of-15 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns and ran eight times for 85 yards and a score. Brandon James had three catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Brown rushed nine times for 64 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots held East Jefferson (1-3, 0-1) to 38 yards total, including minus one yard rushing.
“We are a young team and we looked the part tonight,” said East Jefferson coach Frank Allelo. “You cannot give the ball away four straight times and expect to be competitive with such a talented team as John Ehret. We have to learn from this, mature and get better moving forward. We still have to find ourselves offensively.”
Both teams return to 9-5A play next Friday night. The Patriots take on Higgins at 7 p.m. at Hoss Memtsas Stadium will play at Chalmette.
EJ 0 0 0 0 — 0
JE 7 26 21 6 — 60
JE–Darius Campbell, 5 yard run (Ahmad Bradley kick) 7-0 at 3:19-1st
JE–Travis Mumphrey, 26 yard run (Ahmad Bradley kick) 14-0 at 11:52-2nd
JE–Darius Campbell, 16 yard pass from Travis Mumphrey (Ahmad Bradley kick) 21-0 at 9:48-2nd
JE–Brandon James, 9 yard pass from Travis Mumphrey (kick failed) 27-0 at 7:16-2nd
JE–Brandon James, 26 yard pass from Travis Mumphrey (kick failed) 33-0 at :19-2nd
JE–Byron James, 5 yard run (Ahmad Bradley kick) 40-0 at 9:15-3rd
JE–Deron Coleman, 11 yard run (Ahmad Bradley kick) 47-0 at 8:27-3rd
JE–Brandon Brown, 6 yard run (Ahmad Bradley kick) 54-0 at :16-3rd
JE–Jerrae Williams, 58 yard INT return (kick fails) 60-0 at 5:12-4th
John Ehret 19
East Jefferson 6
John Ehret 228
East Jefferson -1
John Ehret 119
East Jefferson 39
John Ehret 247
East Jefferson 38
John Ehret 7 for 55 yards
East Jefferson 4 for 42 yards
John Ehret 2
East Jefferson 1
John Ehret 0
East Jefferson 6