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Wildcats put district winning streak on line against Plaquemine

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 7, 1998

ST. JAMES – Five straight district championships. Undefeated districtrecords the last two seasons and no district losses since 1995.

The St. James Wildcats will put those impressive records on the lineFriday night as they open District 10-3A play at Plaquemine.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.St. James, coming off its first loss of the year to Crowley, is 4-1 on theseason. The loss snapped a nine-game regular season winning streak forthe Wildcats. Plaquemine is also 4-1 after defeating White Castle, 34-12,Friday.

St. James continues to be led by Chad Jasmin, last year’s district mostvaluable player. Jasmin had 123 yards and a touchdown on 20 carriesagainst Crowley. Jasmin is one of the leading rushers in the area, carrying86 times for 652 yards and 10 touchdowns. Devon Dabney adds 136 yardsand two touchdowns on 23 attempts.

Corey Webster had 50 yards passing against Crowley, giving him 286 yards on 26 completions in 50 attempts on the season. Webster has also rushed33 times for 200 yards and five touchdowns. Rey Weber has been theleading receiver, catching nine passes for 88 yards.

The St. James defense has been its typical stingy self, allowing just 63points through five games. Opponents are averaging 3.5 yards per rushingattempt and the Wildcats have intercepted seven passes.

Plaquemine rushed for 203 yards in their victory over White Castle. Juniorrunning back Terry Robinson led the Green Devils with 85 yards on 13 attempts and scored twice. Mario Migliacio threw a touchdown pass to hisbrother Monty Migliacio but also was intercepted twice. The Green Devildefense held White Castle to 210 total yards and recovered three fumbles.

Jules Blanchard, a senior, led Plaquemine in rushing last season with 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. The defense returns seven starters led byits front line of Wilford Jones, Adrian Butler and Clint Walker, and its linebacking corps of Monkeithen Brown and Phillip Rivers.

The Green Devils went 7-4 last season, finishing third in district before losing to Independence in the bi-district playoffs.

A year ago, St. James rolled past Plaquemine, 46-16, to break a three-game losing streak. Dondreal Whittington rushed for 76 yards and scoredthree touchdowns while the defense and special teams of St. James forcedeight turnovers. Eltonary Oubre returned a block punt for a touchdown,Terrance Landry returned a fumble and Chad Smith an interception for scores.

St. James hosts Lutcher next Friday in a cross-parish rivalry whilePlaquemine travels to E.D. White.

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