Iota hosts rival St. Edmund

IOTA – Last year, Iota defeated St. Edmund in Week 2 with a go-ahead field goal with 0:02 remaining. The final score was 23-20. Iota came back from a six point deficit to score nine unanswered points.

Last week, St. Edmund and Iota both started their 2010 campaigns with shutout victories. St. Edmund defeated Sacred Heart of Ville Platte 21-0 and Iota defeated Vinton 27-0. Both teams scored in the first quarter and appeared to not look back. But both also had issues last week.

But this isn’t last year or last week with both looking to get their second victory of the 2010 season. And while becoming 2-0 isn’t a specific goal for Bulldogs’ Head Coach Marcus LeJeune, a victory is still important.

“Of course we want to be 2-0, but winning isn't our main concern right now. We're focusing on the little things; winning is just the icing on the cake,” he said. "We're striving to win here and trying to get better as the football season continues and hopefully make the playoffs."

St. Edmund returns several seniors on the offense including running backs Adam Wimberly and Robert Sanders, wide receiver Adam Clause and offensive linemen Dylan Gaspard, Trevor Landreau, Ried Redlich and Conner Ardoin. Starting quarterback Doug Zaunbrecher is still recovering from offseason surgery. Backup quarterbacks David Scott LaFleur and Hunter Arnaud, who led the charge against Sacred Heart, are filling in for Zaunbrecher. According to David, all three will likely be needed this season at some point.

“They have a lot of speed and they run the spread offense very well,” said LeJeune. "They have a quarterback who can pass it and run it, and a 220-pound bulldozing type of running back that gets the ball also as a receiver some."

LeJeune is well aware that this game will not be easy with St. Edmund liking to throw the ball a lot but are still very capable of running the ball as well. Thus the Bulldogs are preparing for a battle.

Defensively, new Blue Jays coach Thomas David says a new system has been put in place this year, which will take time, but he likes his team’s effort thus far.

In their first game, St. Edmund boasted an interception, a sack and defensive stand on fourth down all within the first quarter.

“Their defense is very impressive,” said LeJeune. "St. Edmund is always a fundamentally sound football team and they play very hard and they don't slack up."

The Bulldogs look to continue building on their success in the first game.

"We want to get better on offense and, once again, we can't let them have the big plays."

With both Vinton and St. Edmund being a spread offense-based team, according to LeJeune, the building blocks are already in place for Iota.

“Last week did help,” he said, "but St. Edmund's running back is a lot bigger so there are differences."

The Bulldogs will also be at full strength this week.

“We're doing pretty good and no one is going to be out this week,” said LeJeune.

St. Edmund leads the overall record versus Iota, 9-6-1, and actually holds the record lead at Iota as well, 5-2-1, but Iota has won two of the last three meetings and last won at home against St. Edmund in 2008 by a score of 47-21.

Also, in six of these battles, the game was decided by a touchdown or less.

"They play hard and they do that every year that I have been here and this year won't be any different," said LeJeune.

The 17th game in this series will kickoff on Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in Iota.

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