Huskies snap up win over Saints

October 08, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SAINT JAMES - The St. James football team couldn't have asked for a better start against Flint Hill on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints drove 63 yards on the opening drive of the game, capped by Idara Umoren's 8-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead.

But a 15-yard personal foul after the score was the first of many slip-ups for the Saints in the remainder of the game, spelling a 20-6 Mid Atlantic Conference defeat at the hands of the Huskies.

St. James was flagged 12 times for 86 yards and fumbled 11 times - mostly on the center-to-quarterback exchange.

"We had a lot of mistakes on the exchange," said St. James coach Chick Meehan. "I don't know what it was. ... But you have to get the snap off."


The Saints lost just one of the fumbles, but troubles with the exchange led to six negative rushes. And when the Saints were able to get off a clean snap, the backs were often met with immediate heat from Flint Hill linemen.

"After the first quarter, (Flint Hill) controlled the line of scrimmage, especially when we were on offense," Meehan said. "They started stacking guys up on us and we couldn't throw the ball."

The Saints (1-4, 1-2) completed just one pass and were intercepted twice.

Meanwhile, Flint Hill (4-1, 1-0) relied on its passing game to create big-play opportunities. Quarterback Jovan Smith had touchdown throws of 46 and 38 yards, while completing 6 of 13 passes for 123 yards. He also broke two runs of more than 20 yards each.

As many times as Smith got by the defense, St. James had its share of stops on the shifty sophomore.

Smith was sacked five times and intercepted once and St. James held Flint Hill to 195 yards of total offense. But the Saints' defense let down at some crucial times on both of the Huskies' first-half touchdown drives - both in the last five minutes.

Flint Hill converted twice on third-and-long before Smith's first touchdown throw put the Huskies ahead, 7-6. The next score was set up by an interception and helped by a face mask penalty on third down that put the Huskies at first-and-goal. On the next play, Arlandis Henry scored from 3 yards out.

Jimmy Sutch led St. James with 80 yards rushing - but just 20 in the second half - while Umoren added 53.

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