Blue Jays face WCA in jamboree tonight

By Tom Dodge

OPELOUSAS - St. Edmund moves one step closer to the regular season tonight when the Blue Jays take on Class 2-A Westminster Christian Academy Crusaders in the 7:30 p.n. finale of the annual John Bradley Memorial Opelousas Kiwanis jamboree held at Donald Gardner Stadium.

WCA is coming off an 8-4 finish in 2007 as the Crusaders fell to John Curtis in the second round of the playoffs.

St. Eds went 10-3 last season and advamced to the 1-A quarterfinals.

“We felt pretty good about the scrimmage,” Blue Jay head coach Tom Andrus said of the win over Opelousas Catholic.

“We had a couple of break downs,” he said. “Two are three times we had the link in the chain break down and it cost us big plays.

“We tell our guys that breakdowns like that can cost us football games,” the coach continued. “If we have one guy break down on offense or defense, it messes up everything.”

Andrus said the jamboree game against Westminster will be a good test for his Blue Jays.

“They are always competitive,” Andrus said of the Crusaders. “This year they may not have the numbers they have had in the past, but they still have a good looking bunch of kids.

Players to watch for at WCA are senior quarterback James Fontenot (5-10, 175, Sr.) and runningback Chase Roney (5-9, 180, Sr.).

On defense the Crusaders are led by linebackers Tyler Graham (6-1, 180, Sr.) and Eric Scott (6-2, 205).

“This is a good test for us,” Andrus said.

“We still have some positions open that we are hoping players will step up in the game and earn their spots.”

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