Bulldogs continue Sharks’ homecoming losing streak

sj-20runAs if Hurricane Joaquin forcing St. James to move its homecoming festivities up to Thursday wasn’t enough of a bummer, visiting Georgetown added rain to the parade with a 28-21 victory over the Sharks in the Region 7-3A opener for both teams.

St. James fell to 0-12 all-time in homecoming games, and the Bulldogs made sure this one was extra painful by scoring the game-winning touchdown with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in an otherwise tight contest that featured four ties and four lead changes. The Sharks (3-3 overall, 0-1 region) twice drove into Bulldogs territory in the final minutes but couldn’t find the endzone.

Following a scoreless first quarter, the Sharks struck first on a 29-yard touchdown sprint by Jay-Mion Pressley. But the lead was short lived as Georgetown’s Reggie Point returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to paydirt to tie it.

The Bulldogs (5-1 overall, 1-0 region) claimed their first lead on a 4-yard quarterback keeper by Jarvis Brown, but St. James QB Zach Werba returned the favor with a bootleg for a 3-yard TD with 23 seconds left in the first half for a 14-14 tie at the break.

Georgetown jumped back on top to open the second half on a 13-yard TD pass from Brown to Cavonte Gamble, but the Sharks quickly answered on a 65-yard TD run by Jamarius Faulkner to make it 21-all. The two teams remained scoreless the rest of the way until a wild final 3:30.

Facing a third-and-long, Brown hit Deakidd Anderson for a 76-yard game-winning touchdown pass, although the Bulldogs defense had to make a pair of key stops to preserve the lead. The Sharks twice drove into Georgetown territory but Ahmaud Swinton made an interception to kill one drive and the Sharks tuned the ball over on downs in the final seconds.

St. James travels to Wilson on Thursday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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