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St. James clinches share of District 10-3A title

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / November 2, 1998

THIBODAUX – The St. James Wildcats clinched at least a share of theirsixth straight district title with a 35-7 victory at E.D. White Friday night.St. James, 8-1 overall and 3-0 in District 10-3A, can win the districtoutright with a win at home against Donaldsonville Friday night.

E.D. White fell to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in district. In the first quarter, Chad Jasmine scored on a three-yard run. The point-after kick by Alvin Bartholomew was good for the 7-0 lead to open up the game. The second quarter saw Chad Smith dash in on a 20-yard run. ThePAT attempt failed, leaving St. James leading 13-0 at the half.The third quarter made up for the lapse, as Corey Webster barreled 49 yards for the next touchdown. A two-point conversion pass from Websterto Philip Jessie was good for the 21-0 lead.

In the fourth period, E.D. White’s J.J. Tabor popped a seven-yard touchdownpass to Grant Toups. A Justin Verret PAT was good, as White made it ontothe scoreboard.

However, St. James’s Chad Jasmine again claimed the field, with a 74-yard touchdown run. The pumped-up Bartholomew booted the PAT and thescore was 28-7.

Capping off the evening, Devon Dabney scored on a 15-yard run, with another Bartholomew PAT to conclude play with a 35-7 victory.

On the stats, St. James led 18-9 on first down. In rushing, St. Jamescarried 34 times for 367 yards, while White carried 42 times for 81 yards.

In passing, St. James tried nine times and made five for 88 yards and oneinterception. E.D. White tried five times and made three for 28 yards andone interception.

This left St. James with a 455 total offense, to White’s 109 yards.St. James punted once for 55.0 yards, while White punted six times for a30.6-yard average.St. James fumbled twice and lost both; while White fumbled once and lostit. In penalties, St. James was nabbed eight times for 65 yards, whileWhite held it down with one penalty for five yards.

Terrebonne 27, Destrehan 13

HOUMA – The Terrebonne Tigers snapped the Destrehan Wildcats’ 15-game district win streak with a 27-13 takeaway Friday night.

Destrehan, 6-2 overall and 5-1 in District 6-5A, can still clinch its third straight district title with a win at H.L. Bourgeois Friday.Terrebonne improved to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in district play.

Following a slow scoring start, the game stalled at 0-0 after the first quarter, it all got started as Destrehan drew first blood off a two-yard run by Mitchell Jones with 9:57 on the clock which capped a 90-yard drive.

Ricky Rodriguez booted the PAT and the race was on.

With a scant 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Terrebonne’s Andrew Coleman was on the receiving end of a 15-yard TD pass from Alton Diggs. Craig Giroir nailed the PAT and the halftime tally was tied at 7-all.During the third quarter, the race stayed neck-and-neck. Terrebonne wentout in front, with Coleman hauling in a 68-yard TD pass from Diggs on the first play of the drive with 10:24 remaining in the period. A successfulGiroir PAT edged the Tigers ahead 14-7.

Destrehan wasn’t done yet, though, as Brandon McKnight snared an interception and ran back 30 yards for the touchdown with 6:34 left in the quarter. The PAT attempt failed, however, and the Wildcats trailed 14-13going into the final period.

That’s when the Tigers showed their stuff. Claude Johnson was first withhis five-yard TD run with 5:16 remaining on the clock, matched with a Giroir PAT. Nick Kennedy was next, scooping up a wild fumble with 2:09 onthe clock and returning it 17 yards for the final touchdown of the night.

The point-after kick failed, but it didn’t matter, not with a 27-13 win.

Terrebonne led 17-8 on first downs and 301-157 on total offense.

In rushing, the Tigers chalked up 158 yards to the Wildcats’ 121 yards. Inpassing, Terrebonne tried 14 times for seven completions, 143 yards and two interceptions. Destrehan totaled six tries for three completions, 36yards and no interceptions.

Terrebonne booted one punt for 39 yards, while Destrehan punted three times for an average of 35.3 yards.The Tigers fumbled once and lost it. The Wildcats fumbled three times butonly lost the ball once. And, in penalties, Terrebonne lost 30 yards toDestrehan’s 25 yards.

East St. John 21,Central Lafourche 6 MATHEWS – East St. John pumped down three touchdowns to overwhelmCentral Lafourche to a 21-6 victory and to a second-place position in District 6-5A.

East St. John moved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in District 6-5A. The Wildcatscan clinch second place in the district with a win at home against Thibodaux Friday night.

Central Lafourche fell to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in district play.

The fesivities began with a first-quarter, 25-yard touchdown pass from Floyd Smith to Chris Bush, the Wildcats taking the first bite out of the Trojans. William Hogan added the point-after boot for the 7-0 lead.Central’s kicker, Aaron Foret, rebounded with consecutive field goals in the second quarter, the first from 44 yards out and the second, a 26- yarder, to leave Central trailing 7-6 at the half.

East St. John, however, refused to leave matters at that close a game, andBranden August romped 28 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. The PATby Hogan improved the margin to a 14-6 position.

Central, though, remained scoreless throughout the second half.

Finally, in the fourth quarter, Chuckie Burl squeezed four yards for the final TD of the evening. The Hogan PAT capped the evening’s events. The game stats only served to reflect the tally of the game. East St. Johnposted 10 first downs to Central’s 6. In rushing yards, the Wildcatscarried 40 times for 158 yards, while the Trojans carried 30 times for 105 yards.

In passing, East St. John posted 157 yards of gain, to Central Lafourche’s39 yards. The Wildcats tossed 20 times for 10 completions and nointerceptions. The Trojans lobbed the ball 14 times for five completionsand one interception.

On the down side, East St. John fumbled twice and lost the ball once, whileCentral kept the ball when they had it. On penalties, East St. John was hitnine times for 65 yards, while Central was nabbed twice for 20 yards.

In punting, the Wildcats’ mark was four times with an average of 34.0yards, while the Trojans likewise booted four times, with a 35.0-yardaverage.

East St. John continues next week and will play host to Thibodaux in theregular season finale.

Lutcher 31, Donaldsonville 0 DONALDSONVILLE – The Donaldsonville Tigers took it on the chin Friday night, handing a 31-0 victory to the visiting Lutcher Bulldogs.

Lutcher improved to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in District 10-3A with the win.

The Bulldogs can grab the number two seed in the district with a victory at home against Plaquemine Friday.

Donaldsonville fell to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in district play.

Leading the Dogs’ charge was Lane Zimmer, who nailed four of four PATs and a 48-yard field goal.

Dustin Deslatte led off scoring in the rout of the Tigers with a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter. This was followed up with a 10-yard passreception for a TD from T.R. Ricks early in the second period.Later in the second quarter came Shane Duhe’s six-yard touchdown pass recpetion from Ricks and Zimmer’s field goal, which led the Bulldogs into the halftime with a hefty 24-0 lead.

In the third quarter, Ricks added his six points on the scoreboard with a five-yard run, followed by another Zimmer PAT, which led to the 31-0 total.

The stats also told the story. Lutcher led 19-6 on first downs and 370-127 on total offense.

In rushing, Lutcher rolled up 240 yards to Donaldsonville’s 63 yards. Inpassing, Lutcher tried 15 times for 11 completions and 130 yards.

Donaldsonville tried 22 times for five completions, 64 yards and one interception.

In punts, Lutcher booted twice for an average of 22.5 yards. Donaldsonvillekicked seven times for a 27.8-yard average.With fumbles, each team lost one fumble but Lutcher fumbled only once, while Donaldsonville fumbled twice. In penalties, the Bulldogs were nailed11 times for 75 yards, while the Tigers were only hit four times for a total of 15 yards.

South Lafourche 16, Hahnville 0 GALLIANO – South Lafourche hosted Hahnville and kept a 16-0 win for the effort.

South Lafourche evened its overall record to 4-4 and improved to 3-3 in district. Hahnville lost for the seventh straight time to fall to 1-7 overalland 0-6 in District 6-5A.

The Tarpons drew first blood in the first quarter, Terrance Alario squeezing out a one-yard TD. Alario followed that up with a two-pointconversion reception from Sterling Mack for the 8-0 lead.

Both teams went scoreless in the second quarter, leaving the Tarpons to head to the halftime break, still with their 8-0 edge on the Tigers.

South Lafourche added the capper in the third quarter, placing the game out of the Tigers’ reach, with a four-yard run by Vick King. Another two-point conversion by Mack set the Tarpons up with a 16-0 win, as both teams were likewise scoreless in the final period.

The tale of the tape told likewise. South Lafourche led 15-8 on firstdowns. The Tarpons rushed 56 times for 295 yards, while the Tigersrushed 18 times for a meager 28 yards.

In passing, Hahnville had the edge, with 16 attempts, five completions and 57 yards, with two interceptions. The Tarpons relied on their groundstrength rather than an aerial assault, turning in only one pass attempt and no completions, interceptions or passing yardage.

In punts, South Lafourche booted three times for a 24.6-yard average.Hahnville kicked four times for a 38.5-yard average.On the other side of the coin, the Tigers fumbled only once, but lost it.

South Lafourche fumbled three times and lost one. In penalties, theTarpons were nailed three times for 30 yards, while Hahnville was nabbed six times for 60 yards.

Next week, Hahnville plays host to Terrebonne to close out its 1998 season.

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