St. James scored 29 first-quarter points to quickly put away Lusher as the Wildcats defeated the Lions 49-21 in District 10-3A play Friday night in Vacherie.
The result, coupled with St. Charles Catholic’s 14-12 triumph over De La Salle, sets up a Week 10 showdown between the Wildcats and Comets with the district title on the line.
St. James improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in district play with the Homecoming win. St. Charles moved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 in league play and clinched at least a share of the title.
De La Salle, which edged St. James 21-19 in Week 8, is 6-3 overall and 3-1 in district.
A win by St. James over St. Charles could produce a three-way tie for the league title. A win by St. Charles would give the Comets the outright district championship.
St. James quarterback Shamar Smith threw his lone touchdown pass in the first quarter and produced one of his two rushing touchdowns in the Wildcats’ big opening quarter. In limited action, Smith finished 3 of 5 passing for 63 yards.
Smith’s first touchdown pass, a 57 yarder to Shen Joseph, along with a two-point conversion, gave the Wildcats an early 8-0 lead.
Sean Lebeouf, who rushed for 100 yards on six carries, followed with a 14-yard run as St. James extended its lead to 15-0.
A 1-yard touchdown run by Smith made it 22-0.
An interception return for a touchdown by Brad Batiste gave the Wildcats a 29-0 lead after one quarter.
The lone score of the second quarter came on a 5-yard run by Smith to make it 36-0 at halftime.
Marqeull Bergeron factor in both touchdowns produced by St. James in the third quarter.
Bergeron connected with Logan Gravois on a 48-yard touchdown pass and added a 20-yard scoring run to give St. James a 49-0 lead through three quarters. Gravois ended with three catches for 53 yards.
Bergeron rushed for 114 yards on nine attempts and was 2 of 7 passing for 49 yards.
The Lions (1-8 overall, 0-4 in district) came up with three fourth-quarter touchdowns against St. James reserves.