Sharks secure playoff spot with 24-19 win over Chiefs

The St. James Sharks extended their season Friday night, clinching a playoff bid with a 24-19 victory over Region 7-3A rival North Myrtle Beach.

St. James quarterback Josh Roper threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tre McCullum and he ran for another to lead the Sharks (3-6 overall, 2-2 region) to an impressive road victory that ensured them at least the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. They face rival Socastee next week for a chance to improve their position.

The Chiefs (4-5, 0-4), on the other hand, saw their postseason hopes cut short, but not the heads of many of their supporters. They will have to upset rival Myrtle Beach next week to force fans to shave their heads after wagering their locks on the Chiefs winning five games this season. They have lost four in a row after a 4-1 start.

St. James jumped out to a 10-0 lead on Roper’s 1-yard run and a 25-yard field goal by Charles Overson, but the Chiefs got on the board on a 9-yard TD run by Laquinn Bellamy. A missed PAT made it a 10-6 deficit late in the second period, but Roper hit McCullum from 16 yards out with 38 seconds left for a 17-6 halftime lead.

The Sharks extended the lead to 24-6 early in the third period on another Roper-to-McCullum TD connection from 12 yards out, but the Chiefs made a strong comeback bid. Delonzo Williams broke a 75-yard TD run on the next play and he added an 8-yard TD run in the fourth to cut the deficit to 24-19. But the Sharks defense held on downs to end a late comeback bid.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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