St. James’ mistakes prove costly in loss to Georgetown

The St. James High football team put up a strong fight for coach Mark Fischer, who was diagnosed with cancer last week. But in the end, it was the Sharks’ mistakes that proved their own undoing.

Trailing 21-20 the third quarter, St. James quarterback Josh Roper’s pass was picked off and returned 35 yards for a touchdown by Georgetown’s Jordan Ward. The Bulldogs pulled away late with a pair of touchdown runs – one set up by another late turnover – to drop the Sharks to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in Region VII-AAA.

Georgetown got on the board first when Tarik Tucker intercepted Roper on the first play from scrimmage. Julian Lunsford scored a few plays later on an 11-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.

But Roper and receiver Tre McCullum got on the same page a short time later, connecting for touchdown passes of 31 and 68 yards to grab a 14-7 lead. Georgetown tied it up at halftime on a 27-yard pass play from Caleb Hughes to Tucker. Ward’s pick put the Bulldogs on top for good as the Sharks try to bounce back next week against visiting Wilson.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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