Blue Jays soar past Hornets, 35-7
By Tom Dodge
NEW ROADS - Second-ranked St. Edmund took a huge step to winning the District 6-1A championship with a 35-7 win over Catholic High of Pointe Coupee Friday night.
“This was a big one,” St. Eds head coach Tom Andrus said of the win. “This puts us in the right spot, in the driver’s seat.
“We started slow and sluggish in the first quarter, but then we got it going after that,” he continued. “People are going to have a hard time beating us when our offense and defense both get it going.”
After both teams exchanged punts, the Blue Jays mounted a eight-play, 48 yard drive capped off when Marshall Arabie connected for a 9-yard pass to Jerod Fontenot with 2:23 left in the opening period.
After a Hornets punt pinned them deep, the Jays went 97 yards in 13 plays with several key catches by Fontenot and Tyler McGee to keep the drive alive.
Arabie closed the drive with a 5-yard scoring run and then ran in the two-point conversion to push the Jays ahead 14-0 with 2:04 left in the half.
The St. Eds defense forced another punt and the Hornets were flagged with three personal fouls on the Blue Jays next drive as St. Eds only took two plays to score.
A 15-yard gain on a reverse by Trevor Hargroder and a then a 13-yard scoring toss from Arabie to Hargroder as the buzzer sounded put the Jays ahead 20-0 at the break.
St. Eds went 72 yards on
their first possession of the second half but the drive died in the end zone when Arabie was picked off by Austin Jewell.
The next two Blue Jay drives ended on fourth down and on a punt, but St. Eds then took advantage of an interception.
Arabie snared the errant Jewell pass and then connected on the every next play with Hargroder for a 31-yard touchdown.
Fontenot and Arabie completed the two-point conversion as the Blue Jays led 28-0 with 29 seconds left in the third period.
The Hornets only score of game came in the fourth quarter and was aided by a phantom fumble call when the officials ruled a Blue Jay player was hit by the bouncing football after only a five-yard punt.
CHPC kept the drive going at their own 40 with 11:00 left in the game and with three passes moved the ball down the field.
David Lorio connected with Austin Jewell who crossed the goal line at the pylon. Mason Jewell’s extra point closed the gap to 28-7 with 9:39 left in the game.
After Tyler McGee recovered the onside kick at the Blue Jay 40, Arabie raced to the Hornet 1 on the very next play.
The officials judged Arabie spiked the ball after the play and moved the ball back to the 23 yard line.
The penalty did not dampen the drive as Arabie promptly connected with Fontenot for a touchdown pass.
Trey Caswell’s PAT pushed the Jays ahead 35-7 with 8:19 left to go.
Catholic fumbled the ball away on their final two possessions as the Blue Jay defense closed out strong in the win.
The Blue Jay offense was also impressive as St. Eds out gained CHPC 474 yards to 149 yards on the night as the Blue Jays had balanced offensive attack 213 yards rushing to go with 2561 yards through the air.
Arabie finished the night with 122 yards on 17 carries.
The Blue Jay quarterback was 17-of-27 for 261 yards passing with a interception with four touchdown tosses.
Hargroder finished with 138 yards receiving with two touchdowns on six receptions.
Arabie also snared an interception while on defense.
The Blue Jays entertain Plain Dealing Friday in a non-district battle before visiting North Central and False River Academy to close out district play.