With the win, St. Edmund improves to 1-1, while Iota fall to 0-2 on the season.
“It was good to get a big rivalry win,” St. Edmund head coach Thomas David said. “As a young team, we did enough to win tonight.
“But we need to keep working to get better.”
After both teams exchanged punt to open the game, a high snap over Iota punter Thomas Murrell’s head gave the Blue Jays the ball at the Bulldog 18.
Five plays later, Perry Pitre connected with Drew Brown for a 4-yard touchdown.
The extra point kick failed, but the Jays held a 6-0 lead with 3:16 left in the first period.
After another Iota punt, St. Edmund mounted a 13-play, 85-yard scoring drive.
On fourth-and-three at their own 40, Pitre kept the drive alive and a strong run by Austin LaFleur moved the ball into Bulldog territory.
The Jays capped the drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Pitre to Chase Dupre.
The two-point conversion failed, but the Jays led 12-0 with 10:07 left before intermission.
Iota then responded with their best drive of the first half as the Bulldogs moved 80 yards in eight plays.
J. T. LeJeune connected with Samuel Reed and Kyle Smith for key passes , along with strong runs by Murell to keep the drive going.
LeJeune found Brandon Fantroy open across the middle for a 22-yard scoring strike.
LeJeune connected with Murrell for two-point conversion as Iota closed the gap to 12-8 with 6:47 left in the half.
The Blue Jays had two drive halted on fourth down at the Bulldog 17 and 38 yard lines late in the period.
With a 12-8 halftime lead, the Blue Jays pulled away with two scores in the third period.
Biscuit Arnaud blocked Murrell’s punt attempt to put the Jays offense in business at the Bulldog 10.
On fourth down, Pitre scored from two-yards out.
The senior quarterback then connected with Andrew Hunt for the two-point conversion as the Blue Jays pushed ahead, 20-8 with 8:19 left in the period.
After forcing another Iota punt, the Blue Jays went 62 yards in eight plays on their next possession.
Pitre completed a crucial pass to Andrew Hunt to move the Jays to the Bulldog 10.
Three plays later, Pitre found Brown open for a 7-yard touchdown reception.
Chase Dupre caught the two-point conversion pass from Pitre to push St. Edmund ahead 28-8 with 3:23 left in the third period.
“I think we came out in the third quarter and executed well on offense and the blocked punt really helped us score from a short field,” David said. “In a tight game, that play helped shift momentum.”
Early in the fourth period, Austin LaFleur picked off LeJeune inside the Iota 30.
Six plays later, a fourth-down 16-yard touchdown pass from Pitre to Stone LeJeune was called back because of a penalty.
The two attempted to connect again, but the pass was incomplete and Iota took over at their own 12.
The Bulldogs responded with their best drive of the night, going the distance in 12 plays.
Aided by two personal foul calls against the Jays and a couple of runs from Murrell and Fantroy, the Bulldogs moved to the goal line.
Fantroy scored from a yard out and caught the two-point conversion pass as Iota closed the margin to 28-16 with 2:54 left in the contest.
After a punt, the Blue Jay defense stopped Iota in four straight plays to preserve the win.
St. Edmund finished with 261 yards of total offense, led by Pitre who completed 9-of-22 for 141 yard passing and rushed for 60 yards on 20 carries.
Brown caught four passes for 44 yards, while Dupre hauled in three catches for 47 yards.
The Blue Jays limited Iota to 63 yards rushing as Murrell rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries, while Fantroy gained 31 yards on 14 carries.
LeJeune completed 6-of-15 passes for 78 yards as Iota finished with 141 yards of total offense.