With the loss, the Blue Jays slip to 3-4 overall, 1-2 in District 6-1A play.
“We didn’t come out ready to play,” St. Edmund head coach Thomas David said after the loss. “We handed away too many points away in the first half and we never did enough to get back in it.”
St. Edmund’s defense stopped the Crusaders deep in Blue Jay territory when Drake Brunet intercepted Luke Judice.
Crusader defender Josh Devillier picked off St Edmund quarterback Perry Pitre on the Blue Jays’ first offensive play.
The Blue Jays held strong and stopped WCA on fourth down again when Hank Miller tipped a Judice pass at the St. Edmund 16.
After a Blue Jay punt, it took just two plays for WCA (5-2, 3-1) to get on the scoreboard when Wesley Bellard scored on a 51-yard pass from Judice.
Tyler Louviere’s kick gave WCA a 7-0 lead with 4:03 left in the first quarter.
After another Blue Jay punt, the Crusaders went 64 yards in six plays, aided by a crucial third down catch by Chaiziere Malbrue.
Matt Sandiford scored on a 2-yard run to seal the drive and the PAT gave WCA a 14-0 lead with three seconds left in the period.
The Crusader defense made the next big play when Jalen Willians intercepted Pitre and scrambled through the Blue Jay defense for a 49-yard touchdown.
Louivere’s PAT pushed the Crusaders ahead, 21-0 with 10:45 left before intermission.
After another Blue Jay punt, WCA went 40 yards in five plays, sparked by 19-yard pass from Judice to Hayden Marze.
Judice connected with Williams for a 9-yard touchdown and PAT gave the Crusaders a 28-0 advantage with 8:12 remaining.
An interception by Skyler Sonnier stopped the Blue Jays, but the St. Edmund defense stiffened when Miller sacked Judice on a fourth-down near midfield.
The Blue Jays’ drive was stopped at the WCA 25, but Biscuit Arnaud picked off Judice on the very next play and raced to the Crusader 2.
Austin LaFleur then rumbled into the end zone and Arnaud’s kick closed the gap to 28-7 with 1:18 left in the half.
The Crusader defense continued to harass St. Edmund early in the third period when Wesley Bellard picked off Pitre and moved to the Blue Jay 11.
Four plays later, Williams scored on a 6-yard run as WCA pushed ahead 34-7 with 10:07 left in the quarter.
Pitre took the ensuing kickoff to the WCA 35 as the Blue Jays responded with a seven-play scoring drive.
After several runs from Austin LaFleur and Pitre, Chase Dupre caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Pitre.
Arnaud’s kick closed the margin to 34-14 with 6:46 remaining in the third period.
The Blue Jay defense got the ball back when Kalob Zaunbrecher recovered a WCA fumble and rumbled nine yards to the Crusader 32.
Four plays later, Pitre connected with Zach LaFleur for a 21-yard touchdown. Arnaud’s kick closed the gap to 34-21 with 3:33 left in the quarter.
Westminster answered with a seven play, 61 yard drive, capped with a 15 yard scoring run by Bellard. The PAT was wide right, but the Crusaders held a 40-21 advantage with 1:15 left in the third period.
After forcing the Blue Jays to punt, WCA sealed the win with an 11 play, 68 yard drive that took 4:39 off the fourth quarter clock.
Judice connected with Malbrue for key fourth down play and Cole Bentley capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. Louivere’s PAT gave WCA a 47-21 lead with 5:16 left in the game.
“We have to win the next three to get a shot,” David said of the Blue Jays’ chances to make the playoffs, “We have to play our way in.”
St. Edmund entertains North Central this Friday.