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Saints march on Maret

September 24, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - In a battle of football teams looking to break into the win column for the first time in 2004, St. James found the magic formula and left Maret still searching for it.

The Saints rushed for 223 yards on 27 carries and bent but never broke against the Frogs' passing attack, posting a 30-6 victory on Thursday in the Mid Atlantic Conference.

"It felt good to get our first win," St. James coach Chick Meehan said. "It was good for the kids. We came back from a tough loss on the road last week to Sidwell Friends. We came out like gangbusters today. We have to do this week in and week out."

Things went south for Maret (0-4, 0-2) quickly. After earning a first down on the game's opening possession, the Frogs were stymied by 6-foot-4 defensive tackle Alex Smith, who made two sacks to stop the drive.

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St. James (1-2, 1-1) took over and scored on its second play from scrimmage when halfback Jimmy Sutch dashed along the right sideline for a 50-yard touchdown run and Matt Greissing kicked the first of his three extra points.

"Miles Chan made it easy," Sutch said. "It was good blocking by Miles when I scored the first touchdown. I just found the hole."

The Saints scored again with four minutes left in the quarter when Chan plunged through the middle for a 1-yard TD and a 13-0 lead.

Midway through the second quarter, Nik Holtz scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and St. James grabbed a 20-0 halftime lead.

Holtz threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Sutch on the left side in the middle of the third quarter as the Saints increased their advantage to 27-0. Greissing kicked a 35-yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the quarter to make it 30-0.

"We pretty much controlled the line of scrimmage for the whole time right from the beginning," Meehan said. "Our line did a good job on both sides of the ball. Our offensive line really opened up some holes for our backs. We put pressure on them and we were lucky to be able to run right through (their defensive line) to their quarterbacks."

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