Blue Jays visit Bulldogs
VILLE PLATTE - After having last week’s game against Highland Baptist cancelled by Hurricane Delta, St. Edmund will travel to Class 3-A Ville Platte Thursday in the final non-district game of the short season.
“We had our bumps and bruises from the Avoyelles game,” St. Ed’s head coach James Shiver said. “So it may have been a blessing in disguise not playing last week so we can be 100 percent healed up for this week.”
The Bulldogs (0-1) were set to face North Central for homecoming last week but the storm forced the ceremony to be moved to tonight’s contest.
Ville Platte lost 74-0 to Eunice in the season opener as the Bulldogs allowed 450 yards of total offense.
“They have athletes all over the field,” Shiver said of the Bulldogs. “I’m sure they want to prove that they aren’t as bad as the score against Eunice showed.
“Plus with it being their homecoming, they are going to do everything they can to win.”
St. Edmund (0-1) battled with Class 2-A Avoyelles before falling 36-29 to the Mustangs.
While St. Ed’s allowed 421 yards rushing against Avoyelles, Shiver was pleased his team kept the game close with a chance to win.
The Blue Jays had 128 yards passing and 114 yard rushing against Avoyelles.
Clay Miller completed 4-of-9 passes for 80 yards including two scoring tosses to Kieran Davis.
Davis and Miller also added touchdown runs.
Henry Brown completed a 48-yard pass to Gus Brown.
“I think we can move the ball against Ville Platte,” Shiver said. “The question is can our defense stop them as consistently as Eunice High did.”
Last season, the Blue Jays grabbed a 35-33 win over the Bulldogs who finished 2019 with a 3-7 overall record.
“The guys are fired up to play a game again,” Shiver said. “We can’t wait to hit the field.”
In other area games, Church Point is set to host St. Louis Catholic at 5 p.m. today.
North Vermilion at Iota and Grand Lake at Basile have both been moved to 5 p.m. Saturday.