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No. 1 St. James surges past rival Donaldsonville

St. James’ Sean LeBeouf

By Peter Pasqua

DONALDSONVILLE – St. James High overcame a slow start to pour it on in the second half during a 37-6 District 9-3A victory over rival Donaldonville Friday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.

The Wildcats (7-0, 2-0), ranked No. 1 in the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association Class 3A poll under coach Robert Valdez, are off to one of the best starts in their storied school history.

St. James quarterback Shamar Smith and running back Sean LeBoeuf each rushed for two short touchdowns and LeBeouf finished with 121 yards rushing.

The Wildcats led 10-6 at halftime following a 2-yard scoring run by Smith and a 40-yard field goal from Alec Mahler as time expired in the half.

Donaldsonville (5-2, 1-1), under coach Brian Richardson, held the football for the entire first quarter but were ultimately limited to just 35 yards of total offense and turned the ball over twice. The Tigers did take an early lead on 23-yard touchdown run by Robert Kent midway through the second quarter.

Smith’s 2-yard keeper put the Wildcats ahead 30-6 with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter after LeBeouf scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards to open the second half.

St. James hosts Berwick (3-4, 1-1) Friday night in Vacherie and Donaldsonville travels to Patterson (2-5, 0-2), both in 9-3A matchups.