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Strong ground game allows SJH to race past visiting Wossman 45-28

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  • September 22, 2018 - 9:54am

Sean Lebeouf (2) and Shamar Smith (3) each had a pair of touchdown runs as St. James defeated visiting Wossman 45-28 on Friday night in a battle of Wildcats.

In a battle of Wildcats on Friday night in Vacherie, speed won out over size.

St. James ran past Wossman 45-28 over the visitors from Monroe. The win allowed SJH, the ninth-ranked team in Class 3A, to bounce back from a one-point loss to rival E.D. White a week ago.

SHJ’s backfield combined for six touchdowns, with running back Sean Lebeouf and quarterback Shamar Smith each scoring on a pair of runs.

Paving the way was the St. James offensive line.

“Those kids are scrappy and they play with a lot of heart,” said St. James coach Robert Valdez on his offensive line. “My hats off to the linemen for creating enough lanes, and for our backs for running so much.

“I think our speed gave them some problems and we played our type of football.”

Wossman’s only lead of the game would be short-lived, however, as St. James responded on the following possession. Going 52 yards on a 10-play drive, Lebeouf punched in a 3-yard score for St. James. A successful extra point kick put the homestanding Wildcats on top 7-6. 

“I think we did a good job of coming out early and setting the tone,” said Valdez. 

The trend would continue as St. James (3-1) add to its advantage in front of the home crowd. 

St. James’ next trip to the end zone came at the 5:43 mark of the opening quarter. With great starting field position of the Wossman 47-yard line, it took St. James just two plays, including a 35-yard rushing score by Lebeouf, to expand the advantage to 13-6. 

After a Wossman 3-and-out, St. James found the end zone on their second consecutive drive, and for the third time in the opening quarter. This time, Smith went 27 yards on a designed quarterback keeper for a 21-6 advantage at the 5:06 mark. 

The contest’s next strike was an explosive one for St. James. On the first play from scrimmage of the second quarter, running back Dontaz Sterling went over 60 yards for the score, extending the lead to 28-6. 

Wossman (1-3) countered on its next drive. After a defensive pass interference call put Wossman into St. James red zone, Jessie Booker carried the ball for a 4-yard rush to reduce the deficit to 28-14 at the 3:25 mark of the second quarter.

Any hopes Wossman had of keeping the deficit at two scores heading into halftime were dashed when Smith scored on an 8-yard run to cap a 54-yard drive to give St. James a 34-14 lead at the break.

Things did not get any better for Wossman in the second half, as the visiting Wildcats allowed yet another touchdown to the St. James offense on the first drive of the second half. After stopping St. James on third down, the Wossman defense jumped offsides on the field-goal attempt, giving SJH a first down. St. James capitalized on the opportunity when Smith scored on a 1-yard run.

Wossman closed out the scoring with two late rushing touchdowns by Cameron Mock against St. James reserves to account for the 45-28 final.

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