Sharks shut out Chiefs, 17-0

Gregg Johnsen scored two touchdowns to lead St. James to a 17-0 victory over visiting North Myrtle Beach on Friday night at the Shark Tank.

The Sharks (3-6 overall, 1-3 Region VIII-AAA) used a stingy red-zone defense and the legs of the area’s rushing leader to hold off the Chiefs (0-9, 0-4), who suffered their 21st consecutive loss.

North Myrtle Beach was forced to use its third string quarterback, freshman Kendrick Furniss, who played admirably in place of injured QB Will Hartwick and regular starter Clint Cole, who is out with an ailment.

Furniss drove the Chiefs deep into Sharks territory before fumbling the ball away, and St. James responded with a 90-yard drive that was capped by Johnsen’s 1-yard plunge.
North Myrtle Beach drove twice more into the red zone only to turn the ball over on downs.

The latter loss on downs saw the Sharks mount another long TD drive in the fourth quarter, this time from 3 yards out for Johnsen, who finished with 188 yards on 39 carries.

“We moved the ball well enough offensively, but once we got down there we couldn’t get in the end zone,” North Myrtle Beach coach Perry Woolbright said. “That’s what you’ve got to do against a (ball possession) team like this.”

St. James added a 33-yard field goal by Andrew Mintzer to put the game away and claim their first region victory of the season.

The Sharks face rival Socastee next week in hopes of claiming the fourth and final playoff spot, while the Chiefs host defending state champion and five-time reigning region champion Myrtle Beach.

– Photo by Rancier Photography

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