Remondet, defense leads Rebels past St. James

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 30, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / August 30, 1999

DESTREHAN – Casey Remondet rushed for 154 yards and the Riverside defense held St. James without an offensive touchdown in a 19-7 victoryin the first game of the Roussel’s Goodyear River Parishes Jamboree Thursday night.

Remondet had a 44-yard touchdown run for the Rebels’ first score in the first half. Damian Melancon completed 3-of-6 passes for 27 yards and atouchdown. Melancon also scored on a 60-yard run. Michael Schoen was 3-of-4 for 23 yards.

St. James only score came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Davin Dennis inthe first half. The Wildcats were held to 134 total yards. Joel Levin endedtwo first half drives by St. James with interceptions in Rebel territory. Riverside took it right down the field on their first possession. On thefirst play, Remondet went up the middle for 13 yards. Two plays later,Michael Schoen hit Gary Entremont on a wide receiver screen for seven yards and a first down at the 45. Entremont made a diving catch of aSchoen pass for a first down at the St. James 44. After an incomplete pass, Remondet burst through the line, broke a tackle at the 15 and went in for the score. Kaleb Mayes’ extra point was wide,leaving the score at 6-0 with 12:15 left.

Bradley Hodges got the ball back for the Rebels with an interception at the St. James 35. On the second play from scrimmage, Melancon swung a passto Britt Waguespack in the left flat for 16 yards. Remondet gave theRebels a first down with a 2-yard dive to the 8. On the next play, Melanconfaked a handoff to Remondet and found Waguespack slanting in from the right for the score. The try for two failed, leaving the score at 12-0 with8:42 remaining.

St. James got right back into the game on the ensuing kickoff. Dennis tookthe kickoff at the 5, fumbled, picked it up, spun out of a tackle at the 20, broke to the left and took it down the sidelines for the score. AlvinBartholomew added the extra point, bringing the Wildcats to 12-7 with 8:24 left on the clock.

St. James picked up its initial first down with 5:30 left as Byron Kellerspun up the middle for 8 yards and Montrell Steib swept left for 3 yards to the Riverside 34. Levin ended the drive with an interception at theRiverside 22, returning it to the 32.

Ronnie Mason pinned the Wildcats back with a 58-yard punt into the end zone on the ensuing possession after the Rebels drove to the 46 thanks to a 11-yard run by Brandon Delaneuville.

Corey Webster kept for 11 yards and then found Dennis for 20 yards for a first down at the Riverside 49. Three plays later, Levin ended the drivewith another interception at the 16 with 35 seconds left in the first half.

St. James opened the second half by driving to the Riverside 28. Websterpicked up a first down at the Wildcat 36 with a 11-yard sweep. Two playslater, Webster swept left then reversed his field for a 16-yard pickup. A14-yard sweep by Steib brought the ball to the Rebel 28. A clip call a playlater pushed the Wildcats back to the 42. Webster would be sacked back atthe 45 to end the drive.

After rushing for 5 yards, Remondet found a hole in the line, broke to the left and went down the left sidelines before being pushed out of bounds at the 26 after a 49-yard gain. The drive would stall with Melancon throwingincomplete on fourth-and-9 at the 25.

St. James took over its last possession at that point with Websterscrambling for a 10-yard gain on the first play. On the next play, TravisSteib swept right for 23 yards to the Riverside 44. Three plays later,Keller picked up the first with a 3-yard run to the 32.

A 10-yard sweep by Webster put the ball at the 20. But two plays later,Richie Hymel caught Webster for a 10-yard loss. On fourth-and-20,Webster was stopped after a 7-yard scramble.

Waguespack kept the Rebels’ next drive alive with a 9-yard gain on third- and-9 to the Riverside 34. Three plays later, Melancon kept up the middle,broke through, busted out a tackle at the 5 and scored. Mayes added theextra point to make it 19-7 with 40 seconds remaining.

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