Pigskin Preview: Sharks ready to reach next level

sjfoot-21catchThe St. James High boys basketball team is coming off a run to the Class 3A Lower State title game, the baseball and wrestling teams are established state contenders, and the Lady Sharks sports programs have tasted success in the decade since the school opened.

But the football program is still trying to gain a foothold in the tough Region 7-3A. The Sharks still have yet to experience a winning season or claim a playoff victory, but those  disappointing days appear to be coming to an end under second-year coach Robby Brown.

For starters, this year’s roster features 48 players and 30 seniors, an improvement in depth and experience over past seasons. Starting quarterback Zach Werba returns to run Brown’s offense with a talented set of skill players at his disposal, such as running backs Jamarius Foster and Jay-Mion Pressley and receivers Jackson Hurston and Trey Myers.

The biggest issue for the Sharks in the past has been in the trenches, but St. James looks to be in good shape on the offensive and defensive line. Seniors Aaron Foster (6-3, 315) and Cole Gallagher (6-3, 250) lead units with more size, speed, experience and work ethic.

“Our student-athletes have worked extremely hard and put in many hours during the offseason,” said Brown, who returns five starters on offense, six on defense and all special teams players. “(We) are looking forward to a successful year on and off the field.”

The Sharks open the season at home against Class 2A powers Loris and Andrews and play Class 4A rivals Carolina Forest and Socastee before opening Region 7-3A play.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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