St. James snaps 25-game losing streak, blows out Fisher 54-0
By LORI LYONS
D’Kwan Sandolph and a few of his fellow seniors snuck up behind head coach Dwain Jenkins and waited for the right moment to call it. Finally, with an assist from an assistant coach who faked a handshake to prevent Jenkins from getting away, the Wildcats made their move, drenching the not-so-unsuspecting coach with a shower of ice and water.
And thus a drought was ended.
After 25 consecutive losses, through two winless seasons, and the start of a third, the St. James Wildcats finally got a win – a big one – taking a 54-0 victory over Fisher in a non-district contest at St. James. It was the first for the Wildcats since Week Nine of the 2010 season. It also was the first for Jenkins, who took over the floundering program this season.
“I think it just means so much for this community, they’ve been through so much and it’s been so long,” Jenkins said. “It’s just good for these kids to have some success and to experience what it means to win. It’s something these kids have missed out so much on. You feel sorry for a lot of our seniors, and the things that they’ve gone through over the years, the ups and downs. We just challenged them at the beginning of the game to keep working hard. The biggest challenge for our team is, we have to come back Monday and get back to work.”
The Wildcats certain rose to the challenge on Friday. Taking advantage of a flurry of Fisher miscues early in the game, St. James rolled to a 34-0 lead in the first quarter and a 41-0 lead at the half. The second half was played with running time.
St. James freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse completed seven passes, with five of them going for touchdowns to four different receivers for 195 yards. Senior Rashaan Dennis caught two touchdown passes, one for 17 yards and the other for 65 yards. Sandolph caught one for 30 yards. Qui han tai Adams scored on a 19-yard reception and Camrin Grows scored on a 15-yard pass.
Narcisse scored on a 3-yard run and Avery Joseph scored on a 29-yard run. The Wildcats also scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone and Aquindas Steib added four PAT kicks and Grows ran for a 2-point conversion.
The Gators (0-4) finished with 67 yards of offense and four first downs. They turned the ball over five times, starting with a fumbled snap on the very first play of the game. Jonta Jones recovered for the Wildcats at the Fisher 22 and, four plays later, Narcisse connected with Dennis for the first touchdown of the night.
For the senior, Friday’s win was a long time coming and a lot more fun, he said.
“If,” he said. “It feels good. The team is excited for the first win and we’re ready to play next week. The first quarter we came out ready to put some scores on the board.”
But by the end of the game, the Wildcats had one mission in mind – giving Jenkins his first ice water shower.
“The game plan was, first win we’d get we were going to get Coach Jenkins,” Sandolph said. “We told (the photographer) to get the camera ready and we told Coach (Carl Aguillard) not to throw the water out. And that’s what we did. We got him.”
But for a celebration nearly three years in the making, it was pretty low-key. Even Jenkins’ wife Terri urged him to get excited for the win.
“It’s just exciting to finally get it over with,” Jenkins said. “Cause, now I won’t have to answer those questions any more.”