EDGARD – For another year, the Railroad Classic trophy will remain at St. James.
The Wildcats had an impressive performance in their 28-8 win over rival West St. John on Friday.
It is the fourth straight year St. James has won in the Railroad Classic series. The Wildcats lead it 21-11.
St. James coach Robert Valdez, a former West St. John coach, improved to 6-0 overall in the Raildroad Classic.
The Wildcats (1-0 overall) jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first half and never looked back.
St. James scored its first touchdown when Chase Geason scooped up a fumble and returned it 20 yards to put the Wildcats up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Wildcats quarterback Shamar Smith made it 14-0 on an 8-yard touchdown run, and he extended the lead to 21-0 later on a 38-yard touchdown pass to Shen Joseph.
Sean Lebouef capped the first-half scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run right before halftime.
St. James’ defense held West St. John in check for most of the game, using consistent pressure to prevent Rams quarterback D’Andre Gaudia from getting comfortable.
The Rams’ only touchdown came on a 7-yard pass from Gaudia to Aaron Moll in the fourth quarter.
Defensive leaders for the Wildcats were linebacker Kaleb Brown (eight tackles, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one quarterback hurry), defensive end Saivion Jones (five tackles, two for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble) and J’Kory Ester (two interceptions, two tackles). Tyler Steib blocked a punt for the Wildcats.
On offense, Smith passed for 82 yards with a touchdown. He rushed 20 times for 146 yards and another score.