Westgate downs St. James in defensive slugfest

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 13, 2010



ST. JAMES — St. James played better football this week, especially defensively, but it wasn’t enough to best Westgate.

The Wildcats lost a defensive struggle, 6-0, on Friday night at home to fall to 0-2 on the season.

Brandon Malveaux’s 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter proved to be the game’s deciding and only points.

“We played a lot better. We were much more physical and it came against a team bigger and stronger than we were,” said St. James coach Rick Gaille. “We played with enthusiasm and intensity. With the exception of one drive, our defense held firm all night.”

The Wildcats could struggle with the notion of what might have been. The team lost one fumble inside the Westgate 15, and turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert a first down inside the opposition’s 5.

Both spelled the end of long drives for St. James.

“We have to be able to finish drives,” said Gaille. “If it’s a 10 play, 15 play, 20 play drive, it doesn’t matter. We have to keep the same level of energy through every play.”

Lester Verrett gained 33 yards on 10 carries to lead St. James. Junior Champagne tallied 32 yards on eight carries.

Gaille noted one bright spot as the play of Christian Verrett at middle linebacker.

“He made plays sideline to sideline all night long,” said Gaille.