VACHERIE, La. – With or without Lowell Narcisse, St. James remains a formidable force. That was on full display once again Thursday night.
Demarcus Williams connected with Dontaze Costly on three touchdown passes while Sean LeBeouf scored twice as the Wildcats coasted past Clark 44-0 in the District 9-3A opener for both teams.
St. James jumped on top early as Williams connected with Costly on a first quarter touchdown pass to make it 6-0 with 7:44 to play in the opening quarter. Less than two minutes later, a bad snap went over the head of Bulldogs punter Dylan Castillo and Shawn Preston scored from 15 yards out to make it 13-0 after the extra point by Ty Lassere.
Preston then came big on defense, intercepting a Christian Jackson pass at the St. James 21-yard line to stymie a Bulldog drive. The Wildcats took advantage, driving 79 yards with Williams hitting Costly on a two-yard touchdown pass and it was 19-0 with 11:57 to play in the first half.
St. James tacked on a pair of scores prior to halftime with Williams finding Costly on a 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 25-0 before Curtlan Johnson scored on a five-yard run to make it 31-0 by halftime.
The Wildcats would score twice more in the second half, both on touchdowns by LeBeouf on runs of one yard and 18 yards.
St James finished the night with 292 in total offensive yards and the Wildcats held Clark to just 21 total yards, to the delight of Wildcats head coach Robert Valdez.
“We were favored and our kids knew that but they came ready to plan and executed the game plan well, Valdez said. “This type of game is one that you can look past at first but our team remained focused and did its job. We play in a tough district and with Lusher next week and the rest of our district this game was important for preparation and we will be tested from here on out.”
Both teams return to district play next Friday as St. James (4-0, 1-0) will host Lusher while Clark (0-4, 0-1) faces Sci Academy.