Patterson High School's Allen Langston carries the ball while Berwick's Hayden Seneca pursue during the teams' District 9-3A contest earlier this season. Patterson fell on the road to St. James, 65-0, Friday. The Lumberjacks will conclude their season at home this Friday
when they host Lutcher in a district contest. (The Daily Review/File Photo)
St. James defeats Patterson, 65-0
St. James head coach Robert Valdez might say his team looked sloppy at times against Patterson on Friday night, but from an outside perspective, the Wildcats played just about as close to perfection as could be asked.
For the second straight week, the top-ranked team in Class 3A football shut out its opponent, only the latest thrashing was the biggest win of the season for the Wildcats at 65-0.
St. James (9-0 overall, 4-0 in district) controlled all three phases of the game from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. Not only did the offense score six touchdowns, but the defense chipped in an interception returned for touchdown and a fumble returned for touchdown. The special teams also returned a punt to the end zone.
The only major breakdowns on a night when the game was shortened with a running clock in the fourth quarter were a fumble on the opening drive of the second half and a missed extra point.
Still, Valdez sees plenty that can be worked on with only one more week at E.D. White Catholic until the start of the postseason.
“We came out and took care of business,” Valdez said. “We made some plays. I think in the beginning, we were a little sloppy. It doesn’t look like it, but no matter who your opponent is, you have to play fundamentally sound, and you have to come out and execute.”
The only time Patterson (2-7 overall, 0-4 in district) threatened to put points on the board was in the first half when it got the ball inside the 5-yard line thanks, in part, to a long 56-yard pass from quarterback Tylon Walton to Kai Schexnayder a few plays earlier.
But the Wildcats tightened up in the red zone and forced a turnover on downs.
That was much of the story of the night for the Patterson offense, which generated just 124 total yards.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats picked up two defensive scores. The first was a 55-yard interception return by Brad Batiste. The second was a 10-yard fumble return for Devin Phillips when he picked up the high snap in the Patterson backfield.
From there, the rest of the night went as smooth as could be. The St. James ground attack, led by running back Sean Lebeouf, pounded the overwhelmed Patterson defense for 325 rushing yards. Lebeouf contributed a game-high 187 of those yards and a touchdown.
Not to be out done, quarterback Shamar Smith picked up another 50 yards and a touchdown rushing to go with his 116 yards and two scores through the air.
Shazz Preston was the top receiver for the Wildcats with 46 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Preston was also credited with a 53-yard punt return for touchdown in the second half.
Allen Langston led Patterson’s ground game with 15 carries for 42 yards.
Through the air, Walton completed 1 of 5 passes for 56 yards.
Schexnayder caught Walton’s 56-yard reception.
Patterson will close its season Friday when it hosts Lutcher in district play.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Gegenheimer is a sports writer for The Houma Courier. Additional reporting by Review Sports Editor Geoff Stoute.