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Notebook: St. Louis' Johns closer to returning to sidelines

Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 10:22 PM

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

St. Louis Saints head coach Mike Johns is getting closer to returning to the sidelines after missing the past four games due to knee surgery.

Interim coach Tommy Johns, Mike’s son, said Friday’s 24-7 win over Cecilia was likely the last game Mike would miss.

“It is killing him not being out here,” Tommy said. “He is doing better. I think he will be on the sidelines next week.”

Unlike the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis has done fine without its head coach, going 2-2. Mike Johns was on the sidelines for the opening week win over Sam Houston, which made him the all-time winningest head coach in the school’s history with 65 wins.

Mike Johns also owns the school record for consecutive playoff appearances with eight. That streak is ongoing.

BROTHERLY BATTLE: The Hudler brothers will be matching wits against each other Thursday night when Westlake visits South Beauregard. South Beauregard head coach Dwight Hudler is the brother of Westlake defensive coordinator Chris Hudler. The brothers worked together on the Westlake staff last season, when Dwight was offensive coordinator for the Rams.

HOMECOMING KING: The Westlake-South Beauregard game will also be the second consecutive homecoming of sorts for Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt, who preceded Dwight Hudler as South Beauregard head coach.

On Friday, Demeritt coached the Rams to their first homecoming win in four years as they beat DeRidder 25-14. This week he returns to South Beauregard, site of his first head coaching job. Next week, Demeritt will visit Jennings, where he played for the Bulldogs and began his coaching career as an assistant. He served as an assistant for one year at South Beauregard before becoming head coach.

Demeritt coached the Golden Knights from 2008-2011, going 31-12, including an undefeated regular season in 2010.

FAST HEALERS: A couple of stars returned to duty after sitting out with ankle injuries.

Barbe tight end Desean Smith caught six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ 42-35 loss at St. Thomas More. Smith missed Barbe’s 42-0 win over Carencro in Week 4 after being injured in Barbe’s 48-47 win over Evangel Christian in Week 3.

LaGrange running back Robert Leday had eight carries for 10 yards in the Gators’ 14-7 win over Northside on Friday night. The previous week, Leday was limited to one carry for 5 yards in a 33-6 loss to O.P. Walker.

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Items in this report were compiled by staff writer Warren Arceneaux. Managing sports editor Jim Gazzolo contributed. The Associated Press contributed. To submit an item, contact the American Press at 494-4069 or email

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