The St. James Wildcats made sure their bus ride home from Monroe would be a pleasant one with a 19-0 victory over Wossman that allowed SJH to remain unbeaten.
“It’s great to be 4-0. It feels good, especially coming all the way out here to north Louisiana, which a lot of times have been hard for us. To come to north Louisiana and be successful and get a shutout victory of 19-0 over a very athletic Wossman team is just great,” St. James coach Robert Valdez said.
After three emotional wins over rivals, the Wossman encounter set up as a potential trap game for St. James with the long journey to take on a winless team that was playing at home for the first time in 2017.
With the St. James defense leading the way, that didn’t happen.
“Those guys are playing at a high level right now,” Valdez said of his defense. “Wossman had a hard time trying to find any success offensively. We put constant pressure on the quarterback.”
St. James was driving for a potential score in the second quarter when Wossman came up with an interception at its own 5-yard line.
Moments later, St. James’ Shawn Preston intercepted an out pattern and scooted in from 3 yards out to give SJH a 7-0 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The 7-0 lead would last through halftime.
St. James pinned Wossman deep in its own territory and a punt gave SJH the ball at the Wossman 25-yard line.
SJH took advantage of the excellent field position when quarterback Demarcus Williams scored on a 5-yard run to extend the lead to 13-0 with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Wossman was driving late in the third quarter when St. James came up with another interception at the SJH 13-yard line to end the threat.
St. James closed out the scoring on a 10-yard run by Sean Lebeouf with eight minutes left in the game for the 19-0 win.