Special teams provide big plays for St. James
MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 26, 1998
ST. JAMES – The St. James special teams gave the Wildcats a special boostfor Homecoming Friday night, leading the Wildcats to a 51-14 non-district victory over Lawless.
The Wildcats, ranked third in the state in Class 3A, returned two kickoffs and a punt for scores in improving to 7-1 on the season. Lawless fell to 2-4 overall.
Chad Smith got the ball rolling in the first quarter, returning a punt 38 yards for a score. Alvin Bartholomew’s extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.
After a safety increased the lead to 9-0, Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a score. Bartholomew again hit the exta point to makeit 16-0. The Wildcats were not through in the first quarter as DevonDabney scored on a 10-yard run to make it 23-0.
St. James kept it up in the second quarter as Corey Webster hitBartholomew on a 33-yard scoring strike. Bartholomew added the pointafter to make it 30-0. It would be 37-0 at halftime as Chad Jasmin scoredon a 1-yard run.
Smith opened the second half where he left off in the first, returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for the score. Bartholomew’s extra point made it44-0. Dabney would add the Wildcats’ final points on a 38-yard run tomake it 51-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Lawless scored twice in the fourth quarter on touchdown passes from Kendrick Harris to Charles Russel for 46 yards and from Harris to Earl West for 47 yards.
Webster completed 4 of his 7 passes for 100 yards. The Wildcats gained186 yards on the ground led by Dabney with 67 yards on six carries.
Jasmin also carried six times for 42 yards.
Harris completed 12 of his 26 passes for 218 yards. St. James heldLawless to just 16 yards on nine rushes.
St. James returns to District 10-3A action next Friday when it travels toE.D. White.
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