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Jays look for win over Bears

After back-to-back losses, the Blue Jays are hoping to rebound at home today as St. Edmund faces Highland Baptist.
The Blue Jays began the season with a 32-18 win over Vinton, but St. Ed’s then dropped games to Bunkie (14-9) and Avoyelles (36-7).
Last week against the Mustangs, the Blue Jays were out manned as Avoyelles rolled up 410 yards on the ground.
The St. Ed’s offense was limited to 138 yards of total offense against Avoyelles.
“We knew what we were up against,” St. Edmund head coach James Shiver said. “Avoyelles had 300-pound linemen that is not what most 1-A teams are going to play against.
“When they outweigh us by more than 100 pounds, it is hard for us to do what we want to do.”
Highland opened the season with a win over Houma Christian (50-6), but then fell to Hamilton Christian (20-19) and Grand Lake (42-0).
Under first year head coach Rich Hutson (long-time New Iberia head coach), the Bears are led by quarterback Myles Liggins who likes to throw to Keelan Preston and Kylon Jones.
In the loss to Grand Lake, the Bears were held to under 200 yards of total offense and allowed three rushing touchdowns and two passing scores.
“Our kids have a lot of confidence,” Shiver said. “We will be prepared to stop their spread offense.”
Shiver said a healthy team will help tonight when the Blue Jays hit the field against the Bears.
“We have a good running game and I think we will get better as the season goes.
“We are trying to play ball control on offense and trust our defense and special teams.”

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