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Familiar foes greet St. James to open 2017 football season

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  • April 26, 2017 - 12:12pm

File photosThe St. James Wildcats face rivals West St. John, Lutcher and E.D. White during the first three weeks of the season to open the 2017 campaign.

It seems the St. James Wildcats just can’t wait to take on their rivals.

St. James opens the 2017 season at nearby West St. John in Edgard in the annual Railroad Classic before hosting Lutcher and E.D. White.

“It’s always good to play those local rivalries,” said St. James coach Robert Valdez. “It’s what the fans want to see. The communities have strong programs. West St. John are always a deep, playoff contenders. Lutcher-St. James is Lutcher-St. James. It doesn’t get any better than that in the whole start of Louisiana. E.D. White is another one of our rivalries. There is a lot of proximity and family ties between St. James and E.D. White and it’s good football.”

The Wildcats then get away from it all, journeying to Monroe to face Wossman in Week 4.

“I always like to take a middle-of-the-season road trip before the start of district. Wossman is a real good quality program. Playing someone of that caliber on the road will be really good for us,” Valdez said.

After a Week 5 home game at St. Amant, the Wildcats face another nearby rival when they play at Donaldsonville to open District 10-3A play.

“They are back in our district. This district will be real tough,” said Valdez.

In Weeks 7 and 9, the Wildcats will take on Haynes Academy at home and Lusher on the road.

“Haynes had a pretty good record last year and Lusher’s boys just won district track and they will be pretty competitive,” Valdez said.

That leaves the St. James will fellow district kingpins De La Salle at home in Week 8 and an encounter at St. Charles Catholic in Week 10.

“It will be interesting every week,” said Valdez.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.