Sutch's big day leads efficient Saints

October 17, 2004|by BILL STERNER/Staff Correspondent

ST JAMES - Efficiency is a great trait to have in any business, and when the St. James Saints got down to business Saturday afternoon, efficiency was the word of the day.

Jimmy Sutch streaked through the Turkeyfoot Valley defense for 131 yards on six carries as St. James won its fourth in a row, 35-14 over the overmatched Rams.

Incredibly, Sutch scored on four of his six touches, putting an exclamation point on his performance with an 80-yard run down the right sideline after twice reversing his field and running through two Turkeyfoot defenders in the process.

The Saints played well from the start, as junior quarterback Nik Holtz opened the game with two long passes to Tom Pritts, covering 55 yards, that not only set the tone, but set the Saints up for two early scores before the engine on the Rams' bus got cold.


"We came out and played good, aggressive football on both sides of the ball," St. James coach Chick Meehan said. "It feels great to see the kids play like this and improve each week."

Meehan cited the improved play of both his offensive and defensive lines.

"We are playing so well up front," Meehan said. "Especially on the offensive line. I thought our line was quicker to the ball than (Turkeyfoot) today, and we controlled the line of scrimmage."

The Saints ran just 31 offensive plays in a game delayed twice for more than an hour by lightning. But St. James (4-2) made the most of its opportunities, scoring twice in its first five plays.

Meehan used the one-two punch of Sutch and sophomore Eddie Dorsey, who ran for 55 yards on four carries before retiring for the day early in the third quarter. The Saints averaged just shy of 9 yards per carry for the afternoon.

"Our line is mostly sohomores and juniors but they played big up there today," Meehan said. "We held on to the ball for the most part and didn't make any big mental errors."

The Saints also played well defensively, limiting Turkeyfoot to less than 80 total yards until the fourth quarter, when Meehan emptied his bench. Brandon Pfeifer, Mike Siegel and Eddie Dorsey all intercepted passes for St. James.

"We are happy we are playing better each week and I think the kids see this is fun," Meehan said. "Every week is a new test to see how far we have come."

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