St. James makes statement with epic victory over Loris

sjfoot-defenseThe St. James High football team sent a message to local teams and region rivals Friday night – the Sharks are no longer an easy W.

After numerous close calls under new coach Robby Brown last year, St. James finally broke through with a 23-20 season-opening victory over visiting Loris. Despite several chances to let another big one get away, the Sharks fought to the finish and escaped with a win.

Loris quarterback Ta’jay Williams scored on 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal that was ruled a touchdown on a controversial call to put the Lions on top 20-16 late. But St. James used an impressive drive to reclaim the lead, capped on a 15-yard TD run by Jay-Mion Pressley with 5 minutes remaining, and the Sharks defense did the rest.

St. James came out firing with an opening drive that was capped by Jamarius Faulkner’s 3-yard TD run. The Sharks blocked a punt to set up a  touchdown pass. Zach Werba rolled right and hit Pressley for a 20-yard TD and a quick 13-0 lead.

Loris stormed back with a pair of unanswered touchdowns by Desmond Dozier and Kendall Goodson for a 14-13 edge. But the Sharks grabbed the lead before halftime on a 30-yard field goal by Charles Ouverson. The St. James defense held tough down the stretch to earn the victory.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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