Kickoff Countdown: Price has right recipe for Sharks

First-year St. James High head coach Joey Price put a positive spin on his tough task of turning around the Sharks’ program: “We’ve got nowhere to go but up.”

It’s a painful truth for a struggling program that went winless last season, and the road ahead looks even more troubling with a move to Class 5A set for next season.

But Price isn’t backing away from the job at hand. His successful history of winning three state championships at Wallace Rose Hill (NC) has taught him there’s only one way to get there – hard work.

“It’s not going to happen overnight,” said Price, a North Myrtle Beach High graduate who also coached at nearby South Columbus (NC). “It’s going to take time and a lot of hard work, but we’re going to get there.”

Price immediately introduced his players his way in the weight room this summer, and the Sharks are getting a good taste of his work ethic in preseason practices. Although the cupboard was left fairly bare, St. James had more than 40 players turn out to play for Price.

The Sharks have a strong junior class to build on, including quarterback Berkeley Young and running backs Chris Anderson and Ames Fowbie. The offensive and defensive lines are undersized and will likely see action both ways.

The early going will be critical when the Sharks take the field this fall. Their best chance for wins will come in two opening home games against smaller schools Loris (Aug. 18) and Waccamaw (Aug. 25), which are opportunities to build some much-needed confidence before they travel to local 5A schools Carolina Forest (Sept. 1) and Socastee (Sept. 22) and embark on a brutal Region 7-4A stretch run.

ST. JAMES SCHEDULE
8/18 Loris
8/25 Waccamaw
9/1 at Carolina Forest
9/8 at Lake City
9/15 Georgetown
9/22 at Socastee
9/29 Marlboro County
10/6 at Myrtle Beach
10/20 Wilson
10/27 at North Myrtle Beach

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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