Sharks shut down Braves to win Battle of Highway 707

sjfoot-20The St. James High football team turned in an impressive defensive performance to shut down rival Socastee in the Battle of Highway 707 for an 18-8 victory at The Reservation.

The Sharks (3-2) held the Braves (1-5) scoreless until the final seconds of the third quarter and were never threatened in the fourth to claim a rare win over Socastee, which was stopped in the red zone on three occasions by St. James.

St. James quarterback Zach Werba scored on a 1-yard QB sneak to break a scoreless tie in the second quarter and the 2-point conversion provided costly to Socastee, which was playing without injured kicker and linebacker Cole Renfrow.

Werba threw a short pass to Jackson Hurston in the third quarter and he weaved his way through traffic and down the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown connection. The PAT gave the Sharks a comfortable 15-0 edge as the Braves struggled to move the ball.

Socastee turned the tables on the Sharks by stopping them on fourth down in the red zone, and the Braves drove 90 yards for their only score thanks to a pair of personal foul calls against St. James. QB Hunter Illing hit Hudson Cooke for a 7-yard TD and his 2-point pass to Taylor made it interesting at 15-8.

But St. James got a key field goal from Charles Ouverson to make it a two-score lead and the Braves were unable to move the ball against the Sharks in the final stages.

St. James opens region play next week at home against Georgetown while Socastee gets a much-needed week off to recover before entering league play.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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