Sharks’ first taste of victory extra sweet in Battle of 707

The St. James High football team earned its first win of the season, its first victory in Region 6-5A, and its inaugural victory under first-year head coach Tommy Norwood on Thursday night, and it couldn’t have come against a better opponent.

St. James (1-6 overall, 1-3 region) held on for a 28-20 victory over visiting rival Socastee (1-7, 0-4) in the Battle of Highway 707, helping the Sharks snap a 12-game losing streak dating back to last season and avenge a 65-14 loss to the Braves.

St. James senior quarterback Berkeley Young threw for a pair of touchdown passes – both to receiver Josh Ritchey – and he ran for another score to lead the Sharks. His QB sneak opened the scoring in the second quarter to give the Sharks a lead they never relinquished.

After Socastee’s Desmond Grant scored on a TD run and the Braves were threatening to take the lead, St. James’ defense forced a turnover and Young led the offense on a 90-yard TD drive just before halftime, capped by a 34-yard strike to Ritchey for a 14-6 lead at the break.

The Sharks also drove the opening possession of the second half down field for 5-yard TD run by Chris Anderson. Young hooked up with Ritchey again early in the fourth period to give St. James a commanding 28-6 lead with only 9 minutes remaining in the game.

The Braves didn’t go down easy as quarterback Seth McKinney connected with Carson Stout on a 50-yard TD strike. Socastee added a 2-yard TD run by Christian Inman with less than 3 minutes left, and the Braves drove into the red zone before losing the ball – and game – on downs.

St. James closes out the regular season at the Shark Tank next week against South Florence. Socastee plays host to Carolina Forest.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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