Blue Jays' aerial assault bombs Bulldogs
BY HOWELL DENNIS
LSN STAFF WRITER
CROWLEY – Turnovers and a white-hot quarterback proved to be too much for the Iota Bulldogs Friday night as the St. Edmunds Blue Jays passed their way to a 47-21 victory.
Blue Jay quarterback Marshall Arabie threw for five touchdowns and ran for another in a memorable performance against a Bulldog defense that had not allowed a point all season. In all, he passed for 291 yards on 20-28 passing and rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries. At one point he completed eleven straight passes.
“He’s a real good player,” said Iota coach Marcus LeJeune. “They just flat outplayed us.”
In the first half it was basically back and fourth.
Iota started the game with a methodical drive, punctuated by an Andy Fontenot four-yard touchdown run, that took up nine minutes of the first quarter.
The Blue Jays quick-strike offense responded with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Arabie to wide receiver Trevor Hargroder, who had a great game of his own finishing with 159 yards on 10 catches.
The Blue Jays went up 14-7 on another Arabie pass, this time to Tyler McGee, as it became apparent that the Blue Jay quarterback was on his game, basically passing and rushing St. Ed’s downfield on his own.
Iota responded with another long drive ending in a Blaise LeJeune three-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left in the half. Trenton Pickett missed the extra point, however, and the Bulldogs seemingly were going to take it in to halftime down 14-13.
However, a Bulldog onside kick which seemed to be perfectly timed was somehow gathered up by Arabie in the middle of four Bulldog players. It may have been the turning point of the game.
Arabie took advantage of the good field position to quickly move the Blue Jays downfield and throw a touchdown pass to McGee with 1.8 seconds remaining in the half. McGee missed the extra point and the Blue Jays went into the half with a 20-13 advantage.
When the third quarter started, it soon became apparent that it was Arabies night. After he ran for a three yard touchdown in the opening drive of the second half, the Blue Jays’ Edward Turk recovered a Brett Broussard fumble at the Iota 41-yard line which set up a trick play which may have put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.
The Blue Jays scored on a reverse pass as Arabie handed off to Hargroder who then lofted the ball to a wide-open Jerod Fontenot making the score 33-13.
“We have some really good receivers who can catch the ball,” said St. Edmunds coach Tom Andrus. “They had a really good night out there tonight.”
St. Edmunds scored twice more on Arabie touchdown passes of 31 yards to Fontenot and 60 yards to Hargroder.
Blaise LeJeune ran for a 32-yard touchdown run but it was too little too late.
“They have a really good ballclub,” said coach LeJeune. “In a game like that you can’t have four turnovers like we did tonight.”