Zenon, Wildcats run wild over Fisher

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Sports Editor

For the second straight week, St. James’ Kenny Zenon had a spectacular night as he rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns Friday in a 28-8 victory at Fisher in a District 10-2A game.

Zenon’s last touchdown, an 11-yard run, came on the first play of the fourth quarter and put St. James ahead by 20. Fisher then put together a long drive, but the Wildcats (5-2, 3-0) stopped the Gators at the St. James 5, effectively clinching the game.

“It was a good, workmanlike effort,” said St. James Coach Rick Gaille. “We were very good, especially in the first half defensively. Offensively we had a good mix. I’m happy with the result, but also the level of intensity.”

St. James outrushed Fisher (4-3, 0-2) 321 to 158, and outgained the Gators 384 to 184. The Wildcats forced three Fisher turnovers, while committing none.

The Wildcats led 21-0 at halftime.

“We did a good job jumping out on top,” Gaille said. “Even on the two drives we had to punt in the first half, they were stopped by our errors.

“I think the players see if we do what we’re supposed to do, we could finish those drives as well.”

The win sets St. James up in the same position it was last year at this time — with a game of undefeated district teams against John Curtis that will determine the 10-2A championship.

Zenon began the Wildcat scoring on Friday night with a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put St. James ahead 7-0. His 1-yard second quarter touchdown plunge extended the lead to 14.

“Our offensive line is becoming more confident and more consistent, and Kenny’s results are proving that,” Gaille said. “Coach (Darrell) Hebert has got the lineman improving not only technique wise, but in their attitude. They know they’ve got to be tough guys.”

Shane Grows capped the first half scoring with a 2-yard touchdown. He would almost score a second — he caught a pass in the flat at the Fisher 15 with eight seconds left before halftime and turned upfield, but Fisher tackled him at the 1.

The Gators opened the second half with a seven-minute drive that it finished with a score, a 1-yard Christian Bouligny run, followed by a Kellen Manor run for a two-point conversion to make it 21-8.

But St. James drove for its final points in the same fashion it had all night — consistent gains on a slow march up the field.

“That’s when we knew we had to buckle up and take control,” Gaille said. “We did it when we had to, just as the momentum was starting to shift to Fisher.”

Marcus Dumas was 5-8 for 62 yards through the air for St. James. Chaz Roussell caught three passes for 39 yards. Grows had 59 yards on nine carries.

Manor led Fisher with 53 yards on 12 carries. Cameron Tizani had 12 carries for 52 yards.