No. 3 Blue Jays look to stay perfect

By Tom Dodge

sportsenews@bellsouth.net

The St. Edmund Blue Jays used both ball control and quick plays to defeat the Iota Bulldogs 47-21 last week.

The third-ranked Blue Jays hope to keep their perfect season going Friday as St. Eds (2-0) hosts Elton (0-1).

After the first two weeks were wiped out by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Indians lost to Gueydan 44-13 last week.

St. Eds head coach Tom Andrus was pleased with the offensive production against Iota.

The Blue Jays gained 406 yards of total offense including 293 yards through the air.

“Iota has always been a physical team,” Andrus said. “But it seemed by halftime, we had taken the wind out of their sails.”

After the Bulldogs mounted a 15-play, 55 yard drive to open the game with a 7-0 lead, the Blue Jays scored three times in the second period to grab a 20-13 halftime lead.

Marshall Arabie connected with Trevor Hargroder for a 8-yard score and later found Tyler McGee open in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.

After Blaise LeJeune scored on a three-yard run for Iota to pull the game close, McGee and Arabie connected for a 23-yard touchdown on the final play of the first half.

“We kind of did what we wanted to do in the second half,” Andrus said.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the third period on a 12-play drive capped off by a two-yard run by Arabie and a 17-yard pass from Hargroder to Jerod Fontenot.

Leading 33-13 as the game moved into the final period, St. Eds put the game away with a 31-yard pass from Arabie to Font- enot and a one-play, 60-yard strike from Arabie to Hargroder.

“Everything we did seemed to work perfect,” Andrus said of the offensive production against Iota.

Hargroder was the top receiver with 10 catches for 172 yards as Arabie was 19-of-27 for 276 yards in the win.

“We have been telling the guy all along that they have the potential,” Andrus said. “Once a team starts playing well each week, they need to start dominating.”

Andrus said it is important the Blue Jays continue their wins going against Elton and Basile as St. Eds prepares for district play.

“We need to continue where we left off Friday night,” he said. “We need to get it finished early, don’t wait until the third or fourth quarter.

“We need to jump out rright at the start.”

While Elton is winless, Andrus said the Blue Jays can’t take them lightly.

“They have more kids than they did last year,” he said. “They are still trying to rebuild their program back up.

“They are coming to play ball and we need to be ready.

“We can’t take anybody lightly,” he added. “That is when they can knock you off.

“There is always room for improvement,” he concluded. “But I think we are ahead of where we were this time last year.”

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