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Saints win shortened football game

November 07, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

SAINT JAMES -- The football game lasted just 16 minutes, 29 seconds with Saint James holding a 24-0 lead over Hyde School.

Dylan Zimmerman totaled 102 yards and two scores on nine touches, Mike Townes ran for a 46-yard touchdown, Tommy Wagner booted a 23-yard field goal and Kevan McCormack and Avery Wilmore each had an interception for Saint James.

But as impressive as the Saints were in limited action Saturday afternoon, coach Chris Milmoe gracefully handed the game ball to a defensive back from Hyde.

"These guys did us a heck of a favor," Milmoe said. "They just played on Thursday and it takes a lot of (guts) to come up here and play a second game in 48 hours. That's the kind of thing we talk about when we're giving out a game ball."

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The game was halted with 7:31 remaining in the first half after Hyde's Tyrel Stevenson was injured on the interception return by Wilmore.

Stevenson reportedly felt tenderness in his spine as he lay on the ground for several minutes while emergency staff arrived. The combination of the potentially serious injury and that Hyde was playing its second game in three days with limited personnel -- only 17 players were dressed for the game -- caused coaches for both schools to decide to call the game.

According to Saint James athletic director Mike Brooks, the game will be recorded as a 24-0 victory with Hyde forfeiting the final 2 1/2 quarters. He said the statistics will count.

For the first time this season, Saint James won back-to-back games.

"We've been headed in the right direction since 'Swinecation,'" said Milmoe, referring to the rapid spread of the flu that forced the suspension of classes and athletic events at Saint James last month.

"I was a little concerned that when we came back the kids might be gearing up for wrestling and basketball, but they came back focused, with fresh legs and ready to play football."

The Saints (4-3) certainly were ready for football on Saturday.

They held Hyde (2-7) to 4 yards of offense, forced two turnovers and did not allow a first down in the shortened game. Meanwhile, the Saint James offense rolled up 208 yards, led by Zimmerman, who ran for 54 yards, scored on a 31-touchdown pass and even completed a 17-yard pass.

Most impressive was his 31-yard reception. The 5-foot-11 senior caught the ball in the left flat from quarterback Jamie Peterson, turned up the left sideline and hurdled a Hyde defender at the 20-yard line. He kept his balance and spun off another defender at the 5 before reaching the end zone.

"He's a great athlete and I think the big change in Dylan was when he realized he wants to take his strength and athleticism to the next level," Milmoe said.

The acrobatic run-after-catch put St. James ahead 10-0 with 4:25 left in the first quarter. He also ran for a 3-yard touchdown later in the period for a 17-0 lead. Townes outran the defense 46 yards to make it 24-0 with 9:10 left in the first half.

The Saints will have an opportunity to play spoiler in next week's season finale when they host Flint Hill (Va.), which could be playing for a share of the Mid-Atlantic Conference championship.

Saint James 24, Hyde School 0

Game stopped with 7:31 remaining in the second quarter.
SJ -- FG 23 Tommy Wagner
SJ -- Dylan Zimmerman 31 pass from Jamie Peterson (Wagner kick)
SJ -- Zimmerman 3 run (Wagner kick)
SJ -- Mike Townes 46 run (Wagner kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--St. James, Zimmerman 7-54, Townes 4-62, Peterson 2-28; Hyde School, Grant 8-2, Lee 1-(minus-1), Lewis 2-2.
PASSING-- St. James, Peterson 3-10-47-1, Zimmerman 1-1-17-1; Hyde School, Lewis 0-1-0-0, Lee 1-5-1-2.
RECEIVING--St. James, Wilmore 2-16, Zimmerman 1-31, Magassouba 1-17; Hyde School, Harrington 1-1.
Records: Hyde School 2-7; St. James 4-3.

Hyde School00xx--0Saint James177xx--24HydeSJFirst downs011Rushes-yards12-313-144Passing yards164Comp-Att-Int1-6-24-11-1Total offense18-424-208Punts-avg.3-33.60-0Penalties-yards1-52-10Fumbles-lost0-00-0
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