Sharks pound ground, rally past Andrews for first win

 On a soggy Friday night in the nether-regions of Georgetown County, St. James pounded the soggy ground and the host Andrews Yellow Jackets for a 34-21 victory.

On the heels of last week’s heartbreaking 9-8 season-opening loss at Loris, the Sharks once again went on the road to face a tough opponent in its own backyard.

But this time the Sharks came out on top despite facing another late deficit. Trailing 21-14 entering the fourth quarter, they used a strong rushing attack and made some big special teams plays to rally for the win.

St. James outscored the Yellow Jackets by a 20-0 margin in the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of blocked and recovered punts by Bradley McWhorter. The sophomore lineman scored back-to-back touchdowns, including one on a 54-yard return and the other by recovering in the end zone.

St. James (1-1) piled up more than 250 yards of rushing and had a pair of running backs surpass the 100-yard mark. Austin Adams rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown and Alan Crum added 102 yards and two TDs in the win.

Crum got the Sharks on the board first with a 4-yard run that tied the game at 7-all, and St. James quarterback Joshua Roper scored on a 1-yard dive to make it 14-all.

The Sharks also took advantage of a pair of blocked kicks to create favorable field position and pull away in the second half. The defense dominated the line of scrimmage in the second half to help St. James to the victory.

The Sharks play their home opener next week against intra-county rival Carolina Forest.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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