EUNICE — No. 2 Eunice’s postseason run came to an early end.
On Friday night, 15th-seeded St. James knocked off the Bobcats in a 30-19 upset in the second round of the LHSAA Class 3A football playoffs.
The Bobcats (10-2) struggled to move the ball all night against the Wildcats (9-3) — especially on the ground, where they had just 19 yards on 19 carries in the first half, and they finished with 98 rushing yards, averaging of 2.45 yards per carry.
The Wildcats struck first in exciting fashion when, facing third-and-long, St. James quarterback Demarcus Williams found receiver Arron McKenney in stride for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
Eunice quickly fired back with a touchdown drive late in the first quarter, capped by a 6-yard pass from quarterback Alex Richard to receiver Wesley Hebert.
But St. James took control in the second quarter beginning with a pick-six by cornerback Glen Brown, followed shortly by a 33-yard pass from Lowell Narcisse Jr. to McKenney, giving the Wildcats an 18-7 lead.
Narcisse — one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state, who returned last week after missing the regular season with a torn ACL — wasn’t finished.
The Wildcats scored again with no time remaining in the first half when Narcisse found receiver Demarcus Williams, giving St. James a 24-7 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, St. James essentially sealed the win with a 13-play, 71-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard run from Narcisse, giving the Wildcats a 30-7 lead with a little more than eight minutes remaining.
Eunice attempted to mount a comeback, as it went 57 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown that cut St. James’ lead to 30-13 with just under six minutes left.
The Bobcats recovered an onside kick but turned the ball over on downs after four plays.
Eunice put one final dent in the Wildcats’ lead, scoring a touchdown with under a minute remaining, but the Bobcats failed to convert another onside kick, allowing St. James to kneel the ball and seal the 30-19 victory.
Narcisse provided quite a spark on offense for the Wildcats. He completed 13 of his 20 pass attempts for 114 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Richard was 11-of-19 passing for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his final game of the season. Running back Nick Powell capped his season with a team-high 13-carry, 64-yard performance.
With the victory, St. James earned a spot in the Class 3A round of 16, where it will host No. 7 Northwest next Friday.