De La Salle visits St. James in our FOX 8 Football Friday game of the week

De La Salle visits St. James in our FOX 8 Football Friday game of the week
Shamar Smith has racked up 14 touchdown by ground and air in 2018. (Source: Nola.com)

Vacherie, LA. (WVUE) - St. James put the state on notice that they’re a contender after it’s last-second win at Lutcher in week two. A huge reason for their success, junior Shamar Smith. The quarterback has accounted for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns by ground and air.

DLS visits St. James in our FOX 8 Football Friday game of the week

“I just think he’s electrifying. He’s a very skilled athlete. You have to factor him defensively, and identify what he can do with the ball. He’s getting better throwing it as well. It gives him another dimension,” said St. James Head Coach Robert Valdez.

“We can do a lot with the offense. We can run, pass, do play-action. Everybody thinks we can run the ball a lot. We will see Friday,” said St. James quarterback Shamar Smith.

Last year St. James lost to De La Salle. So there’s some added motivation, when they go against the Cavaliers tonight.

“I think it was 7-0 if I’m not mistaken, going toward the end of the first quarter. They then blocked four punts, three for touchdowns. I think Mother Theresa would start losing faith at that point. It was just one of those situations where it was a snowball effect. They definitely found a gap in our protection and exploited it. That was a different team, that was a different year,” said Valdez.

“They look good on film this year, and we have a different team, different mindset going in. We really feel we’re the underdogs this year. Last year we felt we were the better team. We went in there and played our best. They didn’t play their best. This year we have to go in there with a chip on our shoulder as an underdog, and get it done,” said DLS Head Coach Ryan Manale.

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