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Wildcats unable to take rivalry sweep with 29-27 loss to EDW

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  • September 16, 2018 - 9:45am

E.D. White quarterback Brandon Legendre led the Cardinals to a narrow 28-27 win over rival St. James on Friday in Thibodaux. EDW lost to St. James in triple overtime a year ago.

The St. James Wildcats finally found themselves on the opposite end of a rivalry thriller, falling 28-27 to E.D. White on Friday night in Thibodaux.

Trailing 28-21, quarterback Shamar Smith and receiver Tyshon Williams – who connected in the final seconds of the Wildcats’ 29-26 thriller over Lutcher a week earlier – hooked up on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left in the game to pull St. James to within one point.

The Wildcats’ holder mishandled the center snap on the conversion attempt as was tackled, allowing E.D. White to escape with the one-point triumph.

In the ever-competitive rivalry, E.D. White (2-1) avenged a triple overtime loss a year ago to St. James (2-1).

“It’s fun football. I call it Southern football. I get tremendous effort from our kids and these are games in our area I think people want to see. When you lose a game like that 28-27, I think both programs are on solid ground. It’s really good football. We don’t get outclassed in these games. We play hard. To win that game, you have to capitalize on it,” St. James coach Robert Valdez said.

The Cardinals broke a 21-21 tie with less than five minutes left in the game.

Brandon Legendre returned a punt to his own 31-yard line. The E.D. White quarterback then broke loose on a 69-yard on the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage to give EDW a seven-point edge.

The Wildcats, Valdez said, managed to contain Legendre fairly well throughout the game, but there is no way to completely shut down the multi-threat quarterback.

“We were able to contain him fairly well but the dagger in our hearts is that he took a quarterback draw to the left side. He is a man amongst boys. He made some spectacular plays with his feet,” Valdez said.

E.D. White scored on its opening possession on a 2-yard run by Thomas McGoey to grab and early 7-0 lead.

The Wildcats countered with touchdowns on their first two possessions to take the lead.

A 3-yard touchdown run by Dontaz Sterling allowed St. James to tie the game. Sean Lebeouf, who topped 150 yards rushing, raced 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 14-7 edge.

McGoey added his second touchdown of the night, this one from 54 yards out, as E.D. White tied the game 14-14 after one quarter.

Sterling came up with his second touchdown of the opening half, this one on a 2-yard run to allow the Wildcats to take a 21-14 lead at the break.

St. James missed out on an opportunity to stretch its lead first half but a turnover halted a late threat.

“We had two interceptions and you can’t have that against good football teams that run the ball and control the line of scrimmage,” Valdez said.

“We made some uncharacteristic mistakes in terms of false starts and making mistakes you shouldn’t be making by Week 3,” the St. James coach continued. “I think our youth kind of reared its ugly head a little bit on us and we just have to go back in the lab and try to regroup and try to fix some of these things and move forward.”

E.D. White tied the game at 21-21 on a 10-yard run by Legendre to set the stage for another dramatic rivalry finish.

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