St. James at Riverside

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013


LAPLACE — It was the worst start imaginable for St. James Friday night, and Riverside — and cornerback Xavier Ray — took full advantage.

The Wildcats turned the ball over on their first two snaps of the night, both times leading to Riverside touchdowns en route to a 48-14 Rebels victory at home in the District 8-2A opener for both teams.

Ray recovered a fumble after the opening snap of the game at the St. James 30, leading to a 1-yard Deuce Wallace touchdown pass to Joe Anderson. On St. James’ next play from scrimmage, Ray broke on a Lowell Narcisse pass and coasted down the sideline for 38 yards, a pick-six that made it 14-0 with 8:57 left in the first quarter.

“It was a three-step (drop). Every day in practice, we drill it. After the quarterback takes his hand off the ball, you break. I took it to the house from there.”

The Rebels (3-1, 1-0)) never looked back. RA led 38-6 at halftime.

“You can’t spot a team 14 points. Not the type of team with the kind of high-powered offense that Riverside has, for sure,” said St. James coach Dwain Jenkins. “We’ve got to stop reverting back to old habits. If something bad happens, you don’t sit on the sidelines feeling sorry for yourself. You adjust and move on.”

Narcisse left the game in the second quarter and was replaced by backup Qui han tai Adams. Jenkins said that Narcisse entered the game with a back injury and a hit caused it to flare up.

Riverside coach Bill Stubbs was pleased to move to 1-0 in district play, but was displeased with what he felt was some sloppy and disinterested play in the second half, particularly by the Rebels’ reserve unit. Riverside turned the ball over three times in the second half.
“We accomplished what we wanted to tonight, which was to get the first