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St. James wins opener

September 01, 2000

St. James wins opener



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


ST. JAMES - Winning has not come easy for the St. James football program over the last few years and winning an opening-day game, well, let's just say that hasn't been a tradition either.

First-year coach Daryl Hayes hopes to change that. Minutes after his Saints defeated the Maryland School for the Deaf 12-6 on Friday, Hayes talked to his football team not only about winning its first game of the season, but what he expects each and every week.

"Seven more to go gentlemen!'' Hayes said. "Eight-and-0.''

While it may be unlikely for any 1-9 team to turn it around the next season to 8-0, Hayes wants his players to believe they can win.

"This was very important for us,'' Hayes said. "Yeah, it's my first win, but it's our first win this season.''

And St. James did it without Billy Keyes, a standout senior.

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Keyes says he has a strained rotator cuff but he expects to be back when St. James resumes its regular season in two weeks at Sidwell Friends.

As for Friday, St. James met a fired-up opponent in MSD.

"Hey, they beat us last year,'' Hayes said. "They have some very good players.''

Two of MSD's good players hooked up on the first score of the game. Halfback Jason Coleman, who completed 7 of 13 passes for 96 yards, threw a 45-yard score to tight end Joshua Walker with 10:42 left in the second quarter for a 6-0 lead.

Then, with 6:22 left before halftime, the game was interrupted for an hour because of thunder.

Soon after play continued, the Saints created a great opportunity when Michael Lilchitski recovered an MSD fumble at MSD's own 26-yard line. After a 6-yard loss, Huguenin swept around left end for 15 yards and, when MSD was whistled for a face mask penalty, St. James had a first down at MSD's 8. Brandon Monroe slashed threw the line for seven yards and, on third and goal at the 1, Huguenin called his own number and sneaked into the end zone to tie the score at halftime.

Neither team threatened in the next 17 minutes, but St. James struck like lightning in the fourth quarter for the game-winning score.

On third down and 12 from its 30, Monroe took a pitch from Huguenin, slashed back against the grain into the line and found open running room. He outraced MSD's defensive backs for the winning score with 6:16 left.

So, one win down and seven more to go.

"It gets easier after this?'' Hayes said jokingly, but he understands there's a lot of football left this year.

St. James 12, MSD 6


MSD 0 6 0 0-6

St. James 0 6 0 6-12

M-Joshua Walker 45 pass from Jason Coleman (run failed)

S-Sid Huguenin 1 run (kick failed)

S-Brandon Monroe 70 run (run failed)

MSD SJ

First downs 5 9

Rushes-yards 27-41 38-179

Passing yards 113 (-1)

Comp-Att-Int 8-16-1 2-3-0

Totals offense 43-154 41-178

Punts-avg. 2-25 5-26.2

Penalties-yards 12-73 5-35

Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-2

Records: MSD 0-1; St. James 1-0

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