Sutch leads Saints' march

October 29, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SAINT JAMES - St. James built a 33-0 halftime lead and held off Hancock's comeback attempt to come away with a 33-16 victory on Saturday afternoon in a Washington County high school football game.

St. James senior Jimmy Sutch rushed for 144 yards on 10 carries, including a pair of touchdown runs.

"All of us kind of expected to win," Sutch said. "I think we did really well. The linemen did their blocking assignments. All of the running backs just found the holes today. Our team had some injuries at the beginning of the season. Now, we have all of our players back and that is helping us to win."

St. James (3-5) took advantage of seven Hancock turnovers. The Panthers (0-8) lost four of their nine fumbles and had three passes intercepted.

Defensive back C.W. Wollard recovered a fumble and had an interception for the Saints. Wollard's interception came at midfield with 9:23 remaining in the first quarter.


Two minutes later, St. James got on the scoreboard when Idara Umoren scored the first of his two touchdowns with a 23-yard run to the right side.

With 1:49 to go in the period, Umoren recovered a fumble and returned it 62 yards along the right sideline for a touchdown.

"It was good blocking on my first touchdown," Umoren said. "I was just able to find an opening. I was in the right place at the right time on that fumble recovery. It was lucky."

On the final play of the first quarter, Sutch charged to the left side for a 35-yard touchdown run. Mike Russ threw a conversion pass to Drew St. Lawrence to extend the Saints' lead to 20-0.

Sutch added an 18-yard touchdown run to the left side with 8:41 left in the second quarter, and Barrett Brown kicked the extra point.

Russ completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Dorsey with 17 seconds remaining in the first half to give St. James its 33-0 halftime lead.

"I think the wind was a little bit of a factor," St. James coach Chick Meehan said. "It was hard to throw the football. They threw it a few times and we intercepted a couple of passes. They also fumbled the ball a few times and that hurt them. We blocked real well today and we had some nice runs. Offensively, we really controlled the line of scrimmage."

Hancock scored both of its touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Jeff McCarty had a 36-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run. Jon Clark had a 2-yard touchdown run and Kaleb Trail followed with the two-point conversion run.

"St. James is a good team," Hancock coach John Blake said. "Jimmy Sutch runs very hard. We made too many turnovers. Turnovers killed us at the beginning of the game. We ran the ball pretty well. The kids didn't quit. I give our kids credit. They played hard in the second half."

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