Sharks shock Bulldogs for historic first playoff victory

sjfoot-2catchSt. James’ football season has always been history by mid-November. This year, the Sharks are making some instead.

No. 3-seeded St. James knocked off No. 2-seed Marlboro County on the road 27-18 in Friday’s first-round of the Class 3A state playoffs, the first-ever postseason victory for the 11-year-old program. After leading the Sharks (7-4) to their inaugural winning season, second-year coach Robby Brown and his team weren’t content to call it a season just yet.

The St. James defense intercepted three passes, including a pick-six by Tyler Hunt that gave them a commanding 20-6 lead in the first half. St. James quarterback Zach Werba hit Trey Myers for a 27-yard TD pass to put the Sharks up 27-12, and it was all the points the defense needed.

The Sharks defense held the Bulldogs out of the end zone in the final seconds of the first half, and St. James held Marlboro County to only one TD in the second half. Alijah Pursley and Cole Gallagher made drive-killing interceptions in the second half as the Sharks held off a late charge by the Bulldogs (6-5).

St. James will travel to Midland Valley next Friday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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