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De La Salle Survives Wildcats Comeback Attempt

St. James’ Shamar Smith accounted for three touchdowns in a loss to De La Salle Friday night.
SPORTS SCENE PHOTO/Kenneth Coco

By Lyall Boudreaux

De La Salle held off a late comeback by St. James in holding on to win 21-19 last Friday night in District 10-3A play at Wildcat Stadium in Vacherie.

Kendall Collins, Jr. rushed for three touchdowns as the Cavaliers built a 21-6 lead after three quarters.

St. James (5-3, 2-1) began their comeback bid with under three minutes to play when a bad snap over the punters head set up the Wildcats at the visitors 25-yard line.

The Wildcats needed only five plays to cut into the lead when quarterback Shamar Smith hooked up with Tyshione Williams on a 9-yard touchdown with 1:17 remaining. Alex Mahler made it a one possession game at 21-13 with his extra-point kick.

St. James had another chance when teammates Lamon Lewis and Zachary Folse combined to recover the ensuing onside kick at the De La Salle 37-yard line.

After two completions moved the Wildcats within striking distance, Smith scrambled and hurdled over a defender on a 5-yard touchdown run to pull the Wildcats within a two-point conversation to tie the game with 15 seconds to play.

Smith’s pass on the two-point try to Logan Gravois fell incomplete and the Cavaliers recovered the following onside kick to preserve the two-point win.

De La Salle (5-2, 3-0) took the lead on the opening possession of the game scoring on a 16-yard run by Collins, Jr. to grab a 7-0 lead after Blake Giacone’s extra point kick.

St. James answered in the second quarter on Smith’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Gravois but a failed extra point kick by Mahler left the home team down 7-6.

Collins, Jr. added touchdown runs of 33 and 41-yards setting the stage for the Wildcats dramatic comeback attempt in the game’s final minutes.

Smith finished 15 of 35 passing for 219 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  He also rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown.

St. James will host Lusher Charter this Friday night in their annual homecoming game at Wildcat Stadium.

De La Salle 21, St. James 19

Team

DLS

SJHS

First Downs

12

17

Yards Rushing

230

117

Yards Passing

32

219

Passes (C-A-HI)

3-10-1

15-35-1

Punts-avg.

6-42.3

4-42.3

Fumbles-lost

1-1

1-1

Penalties-yards

9-62

7-50

SCORING SUMMARY

De La Salle 7 7 7 0-21

St. James 0 6 0 13-19

DLS: Kendall Collins 16 run (Blake Giacone kick)

SJHS: Logan Gravois 60 pass from Shamar Smith (kick failed)

DLS: Collins 33 run (Giacone kick)

DLS: Collins 41 run (Giacone kick)

SJHS: Tyshione Williams 9 pass from Smith (Alex Mahler kick)

SJHS: Smith 5 run (pass failed)

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