Following last week’s 63-7 thrashing by top-ranked De La Salle, all the St. James Wildcats wanted to do was get back on the field.
More one may have been more anxious than Glen Brown as he returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown as the Wildcats went on to defeat Lusher 24-6 in District 10-3A action Friday night at the Drew Brees Family Field in New Orleans.
“It was good to get back on the field and get that taste out of your mouth,” St. James coach Robert Valdez said.
Brown’s return was a much-needed score as the Wildcats produced only one offensive touchdown in the game.
“They are a good football team and they are well-coached. They just don’t have a lot of depth. I told our guys coming in that they returned all five starting offensive linemen from last year and they would be no cupcake or pushover,” Valdez said of the Lions.
The win improved St. James to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in district while Lusher fell to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Besides Brown’s return, the only other points in the first half came on a 26-yard Alec Mahler field goal.
The only offensive touchdown of the game for St. James came when quarterback Shamar Smith scored on a 16-yard run in the middle of the third quarter to make it 17-0.
St. James’ defense provided the Wildcats’ final score when Keathon Hogan returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
The Wildcats’ defense has a big game with three interceptions and two fumbles. St. James defensive lineman Jason Dumas had four sacks.
The only points the St. James defense allowed came on an 81-yard run by Lusher running back Ari Broussard in the fourth quarter.
St. James closes out the regular season at St. Charles. Each team has one district loss, both against De La Salle. The Comets lost to the Cavaliers 28-0 Friday night.
“We are glad to get the win and now we have to focus on a big-time Week 10 opponent,” Valdez said.