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Sutch a great day

St. James junior shines on offense and defense

St. James junior shines on offense and defense

October 16, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

SAINTJAMES - On Sutch a beautiful Saturday afternoon, St. James was happy to return to the gridiron following a one-week layoff, and the Saints showed no ill effects.

Behind a three-touchdown performance by junior Jimmy Sutch and a pair of scoring passes by Nik Holtz, the Saints easily rolled up a 41-16 Mid Atlantic Conference victory over Maret.

St. James' scheduled contest last week against Flint Hill was postponed twice, leaving an anxious group of players ready to go to war.

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"We had a good week of practice leading up to the Flint Hill game and we had a good week this week," said Saints coach Chick Meehan.

The Saints (3-2, 2-1 MAC) used their advantage on the offensive line to roll up 293 yards that was spread among what Meehan tabs "four excellent backs." Eddie Dorsey had 88 yards, Sutch 67, Mike Siegel 59 and Shannon Strange 56.

"Early in the year we weren't good in practice and at times it showed, but the kids were itching to play," said Meehan.

The only early problem for St. James was on the opening kickoff, when Maret's kick into the wind caused a pair of Saints players to collide and lose the ball.

"You just can't let a team in the game on the opening kickoff," said Meehan. "We had a couple of lost fumbles and we'll work on that."

Maret was stopped and the Saints marched 72 yards in eight plays with Siegel's 34-yard run setting up Sutch's 2-yard score 7 minutes into the game.

On Maret's next possession, quarterback John Moffett was victimized by Sutch, who deftly stepped in front of a pass, picked it off and rambled 69 yards for a score to gain a special treat from Meehan.

"He'll get treated to a steak dinner," said Meehan. "That's a bet I have with anyone that gets a score on defense."

Thanks to another interception, this one by Siegel, the Saints were in business at the outset of the second period.

Dorsey ran around right end for 46 yards on the first play and Sutch again was called on. He responded with a 15-yard scamper around left end for a 21-0 lead.

Maret moved into St. James territory but was stopped and the Saints took over on their own 24. They put together a 76-yard drive in 14 plays with Holtz hitting Alec Smith on an 8-yard scoring strike.

Smith snared the Saints' third interception of the half near midfield and on the last play of the first half, Holtz connected with Dorsey on a 29-yard scoring play.

In the third period, Sutch had his second interception, but the Saints failed to score when Strange was stripped of the football. However, St. James made it 41-0 when Siegel scored from 8 yards out after a Maret punt into the wind gave the Saints a short field at the Frogs 24.

Against a second-team Saints defense, Maret scored twice on two short drives in the fourth quarter.

The St. James defensive front was equally tough up front as the Frogs were stymied with only 21 yards on 20 carries.

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