Undefeated Blue Jays soar past Bearcats
By Tom Dodge
BASILE - The third-ranked St. Edmund Blue Jays cruised to a 47-8 win over Basile Friday to win the “Battle of Bayou des Cannes.”
With the win the Blue Jays remain undefeated with a 4-0 record heading into the District 6-1A opener at Catholic of Pointe Coupee this week.
Basile remains winless at 0-4 and entertains winless Elton (0-3) in the District 5-1A opener on Friday.
“We didn’t really want to run the score up,” St. Eds head coach Tom Andrus said after the one-sided win. “But you do what you have to do and play the game.”
The game began slowly for the two offenses as the Blue Jays fumbled the ball away on their first possession before Basile quarterback Fabian Bellard was picked off by Marshall Arabie at the goal line on the Bearcats’ second drive of the first quarter.
“We weren’t real crisp early on like I thought we should be,” Andrus said of the sluggish start by the Blue Jay offense. “This was a good win to get past Basile, but we have to get better heading into the district opener.
“We want them to get better and we are looking forward to next week.”
St. Eds mounted a 11-play, 83 yard drive aided by a 28-yard run by Edward Turk on the first play of the possession.
Arabie connected with Trevor Hargroder for a 15-yard pass play to push the Blue Jays inside the Bearcats’ 20.
The Basile defense appeared to have stopped the drive when Jarrad Richardson recovered a fumble at the Bearcat 1.
But after a brief discussion, the officials ruled that Adam Wimberley was down prior to the fumble.
Arabie connected with Hargroder for a 1-yard scoring strike on the next play.
The extra point was blocked, but the Blue Jays held a 6-0 lead with 2:15 remaining in the first period.
The Blue Jay defense stepped on the first play of the next Bearcat drive when Jerod Fontenot stripped the ball away from the Basile receiver and raced untouched 44 yards to the end zone.
The two-point conversion failed as St. Eds led 12-0 with 1:36 left in the first period.
The Bearcats were forced to punt on their next possession, but the Blue Jays failed to convert on fourth down near midfield.
This time the Blue Jay special teams rose to the task and blocked Steven Lebleu’s punt as St. Eds quickly took advantage of the good field position.
Strong runs by Arabie and Turk along with a 12-yard reception by Tyler McGee moved the ball to the Bearcat 3.
Two plays later, Arabie found Fontenot open for a 6-yard touchdown.
Arabie’s run on the two-point conversion pushed the Blue Jays ahead 20-0 with 5:58 left before intermission.
St. Eds then caught the Bearcats off guard when Adam Clause recovered the bouncing offsides kick at the Bearcat 35.
The Blue Jay drive only took five plays as Wesley Cachere scored on a 9-yard pass from Arabie.
McGee’s kick was good as St. Eds grabbed a 27-0 advantage with 4:28 remaining in the second period.
Basile moved the ball near midfield before the Blue Jays forced another Bearcat punt.
St. Eds quickly added to its lead when Arabie floated a beautiful pass to Hargroder (five catches for 11 yards in the game) who outran the Bearcat defender to complete the 84-yard scoring play.
McGee’s PAT extended the Blue Jay margin to 34-0 with 1:51 left before the break.
St. Eds took the opening kick of the second half and mounted a 10-play, 65 yard drive to put the game out of reach.
Wimberley (11 carries for 50 yards on the night) and Arabie had several crucial runs to keep the series alive before McGee hauled in a 3-yard pass from Arabie to gap off the drive.
Trey Caswell’s extra point was good as the Blue Jays led 41-0 with 5:56 left in the third period.
Basile’s first possession of the second half ended when Turk picked off Bellard’s pass and returned it to near midfield.
Arabie broke loose for a 30-yard jaunt and Robert Sanders added a 17-yard run to put the Jays inside the Bearcat 10.
Two plays later, Sanders scored on a eight-yard run with 39 seconds left in the period to extend the Blue Jays lead to 47-0.
Arabie finished the night with 129 yard rushing on 15 carries.
Basile avoided the shutout with a six-play, 56-yard drive, aided by slashing runs by Bellard and Derrick Thomas.
Matt Pruitt grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass from Bellard and Jake Fournerat ran in the two-point conversion to close the gap to 47-8 with 9:58 left in the contest.
After each team exchanged punts, Basile almost scored again on the last play of the game when Nick Bertrand broke loose for a 40-yard run but William Aucoin caught him at the Blue Jay 5,