St. Edmund dominates Iota

By: JEANNINE LEJEUNE
EUNICE – Iota expected growing pains this season. Their fans expected losses.

But no one could have planned their week two outcome; a 42-6 defeat at the hand of the St. Edmund Blue Jays.

“This was just a lack of effort and a lack of execution,” said Neal Legé, Iota High head coach. “I told these guys from day one that you can’t coach effort and we just didn’t have the effort tonight.

“It looked like we hadn’t practiced all week.”

The loss at St. Edmund Friday night pushed the Bulldogs to 0-2 on the season whereas the Blue Jays picked up their first victory and make their record 1-1.

The first half told the story of the game: penalties, turnovers and nothing going right on offense for Iota, while St. Edmund picked up two interceptions and made few mistakes.

It wasn’t as if Iota was starting from deep its own territory each time either. The Bulldogs continually started their drives in great field position, thanks in large part to Ryan Chapman’s kickoff returns; but still, nothing.

Iota continued to try and get the ball moving and minus a few plays that worked, the Bulldogs barely moved. In fact, the Dogs failed to get a first down until there was less than a minute remaining in the second quarter.

Iota would enter halftime down 35-0.

Perhaps Iota’s biggest first half issue was losing the battle at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. St. Edmund had very little problem getting passes off and getting good positive yardage in the running game. Meanwhile, Iota’s offense couldn’t get anything going, ending the half with no passing yards, two interceptions and very few rushing yards.

“They were the more aggressive bunch,” said Legé, “and the bad part about it is it was offensively and defensively.”

The Bulldogs then looked to halftime adjustments to get something going; and still, nothing. Less than 10 minutes into the third quarter the Jays found themselves in the end zone again. Iota would finally find the end zone in the three minutes into the fourth quarter, capitalizing on St. Edmund lone lost fumble. But for Iota it was far too little, far too late. The touchdown was a 16 yard pass from Thomas Murrell to Ryan Chapman.

“Plays like that were just too far and few in between,” said Legé.

In the end, it just seemed like St. Edmund wanted the victory more and thus came out and played that way, according to Legé.

“There was nothing they did tonight that we didn’t work on,” he said. “St. Eds came out as a small scrappy bunch and hit us on the chin. They wanted it more.

“The thing is there is nothing they did out there that we didn’t see in preparation. It was just that they didn’t get their heads up and make the right calls on the line.”

Offensively, Iota picked up a total of 104 yards. Michael Thevis had the majority of the carries with 20 for 44 yards; the remaining 44 rushing yards came from Kyle Leger (7-13), Troy Bouley (3-12), Murrell (2-10) and Nick Sloane (3-9). Passing, Murrell’s 16 yard touchdown pass was his lone completion, ending the night one for five with two interceptions.

On the other side, Iota allowed St. Edmund to gain 301 yards. They were led by David LaFleur (10 carries, 75 yards rushing; 5-7 for 48 passing yards; one reception for 13 yards; and four total touchdowns—two rushing, one passing and an interception returned for a touchdown). Other contributors for the Blue Jays were Adam Clause (one carry for 14 yards rushing and four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown) and Andre Aguillard (five carries for 17 yards and two catches for 57 receiving yards).

Iota will now move its focus to former district 5-2A foe Lake Arthur (2-0) who beat Hamilton Christian in week one and Delcambre in week two.

“We have to go back to work Monday and get a little effort out of these guys,” said Legé, “that’s all we can do.”

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