St. James bounced back from its first loss dating back to the 2018 season in grand fashion with a 44-0 drubbing of Assumption on Friday night in Vacherie.
The Wildcats (2-1) amassed 330 yards of total offense, including 215 passing and 115 rushing, while also taking advantage of numerous Mustangs mistakes.
“I think we came out, and always coming back to beautiful downtown Vacherie is always good to us. The kids played fast. They made plays. Defensively, we played lights out, and special teams was on track.
That’s always a good a good formula,” St. James coach Robert Valdez said.
St. James intercepted three Assumption passes in the first half. A short kick on a muffed punt helped to give the Wildcats a short field to set up a field goal.
“Assumption has a very good program. It just so happens they caught us on a night when our kids were focused and locked in,” Valdez said.
An early interception of a Mustangs pass set up St. James’ first score on a 1-yard run by Kaden Williams for an early 7-0 St. James lead over Assumption (1-2).
The Wildcats added three more touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter to build a 30-0 halftime lead.
Marquell Bergeron, who was 15 of 25 passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns, hooked up twice with Shazz Preston in the big second quarter.
Bergeron and Preston connected on touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards in the quarter.
The other points in the first half for St. James came on a 3-yard run by Williams and a 39-yard Alec Mahler field goal.
St. James added a 20-yard touchdown run by Daniel Jupiter and a 35-yard pass from Bergeron to Jonathan Wilson to account for the 44-0 final.
Preston finished with six catches for 113 yards.
Jupiter led the St. James ground game with 44 yards rushing on nine carries.