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First-half woes cost Saint James

November 14, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

SAINT JAMES -- Saint James played a pretty good second half of football Saturday.

The problem? The Saints were awful in the first half and lost their season finalé to Flint Hill, 35-21.

The Saints were guilty of four interceptions, a lost fumble and penalties totalling 120 yards while falling behind 29-0 by halftime.

The Huskies clinched their fourth straight Mid-Atlantic Conference title.

"I take the blame for the performance," said Saints coach Chris Milmoe. "It was an ugly first half. I just didn't punch the right buttons to get them ready."

The Huskies (4-5, 4-0) played a formidable non-conference slate, and despite many underclassmen playing at the skill positions, they made the Saints (4-4, 1-3) pay early and dearly.

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On Flint Hill's first drive, junior Alex Callahan picked up 23 yards on the ground and sophomore quarterback Andy Rehberger completed all five of his attempts, including a 28-yard screen pass to Jarred Leader for the game's first score.

Saint James' first offensive play, a pass by Jamie Peterson, was picked off by Bhencari Moore. A 21-yard run by Callahan set up a 16-yard scoring pass from Rehberger to Tyler Lewis.

After Flint Hill failed to convert a fourth down at the start of the second period, Peterson had another pass picked off and the Huskies were in business at the Saints 24. Callahan carried three straight times, the last a 2-yard TD run.

Even when the Saints did not turn the ball over, they were stopped on downs.

With 6:34 to play in the half, it took the Huskies one play to strike from 41 yards on a burst by Callahan that made it 26-0.

The fourth interception, this one again by Moore, helped set up a 26-yard field goal by Hunter Windmuller with 1:15 left in the half.

"The turnovers made it tough to do anything," said Milmoe. "(Jamie) has had some good moments for us, but he's young and maybe panicked on some of his throws."

Milmoe only spoke briefly with his troops at the break.

"I told them to come out and have fun for 24 minutes," Milmoe said. "We made some defensive adjustments from a 5-2 to a 4-3 and ran the ball more."

Avery Wilmore took the second-half kickoff 63 yards to the Flint Hill 17. Two plays later, Dylan Zimmerman scored from the 9.

In the fourth quarter, Saint James drove 79 yards to cut the gap to 29-14 with the help of a wrinkle play.

On a fake punt, holder Tommy Wagner hit Kevin McCormack for a 25-yard catch-and-run for a first down. The Saints scored when Peterson hit Mande Magassouba on a 22-yard play with 5:05 remaining.

"We thought we could hit some plays on hitches early in the game," said Milmoe. "But we needed to run in the second half and that helped the passes."

Flint Hill answered immediately after a failed onside kick, as Callahan rumbled 49 yards for a score to extend the lead to 35-14.

Saint James scored with 2:13 remaining when Zimmerman, on a halfback pass, hit McCormack on a 72-yard catch-and-run play. McCormack made a nifty juke around the 20 to get to the end zone.

All told, the Saints were flagged 17 times for 165 yards. Flint Hill drew 15 flags for 125 yards in the 3-hour, 10-minute game.

Callahan led Flint Hill with 275 yards rushing on 23 carries as the Huskies totaled 346 rushing yards and another 89 passing.

The Saints had 97 yards rushing and 210 passing. Zimmerman had 73 yards on 12 carries and made five receptions for 46 yards.

Flint Hill 35, Saint James 21

FH--Jarred Leader 28 pass from Andy Rehberger (Hunter Windmuller kick)
FH--Tyler Lewis 16 pass from Rehberger (Windmuller kick)
FH--Alex Callahan 2 run (kick blocked)
FH--Callahan 41 run (kick failed)
FH--FG 26 Windmuller
SJ--Dylan Zimmerman 9 run (kick failed)
SJ--Mande Magassouba 22 pass from Jamie Peterson (Tommy Wagner kick)
FH--Callahan 49 run (kick blocked)
SJ--Kevin McCormack 72 pass from Zimmerman (Avery Wilmore pass from Peterson).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Flint Hill, Callahan 23-275, Cohen 10-29, Mends 2-40, Rehberger 3-2; Saint James, Zimmerman 12-73, McCormack 1-18, Townes 7-5, Perri 1-8, Peterson 5-(minus-4).
PASSING--Flint Hill, Rehberger 8-15-89-2; Saint James, Peterson 18-34-113-4, Wagner 1-1-25-0, Zimmerman 1-1-72-0.
RECEIVING--Rucks 4-28, Green 2-17, Leader 1-28, Lewis 1-16; Saint James, McCormack 2-97, Zimmerman 7-46, Wilmore 6-42, Magassouba 5-25.

Flint Hill141506--35Saint James00615--21FHSJFirst downs1413Rushes-yards38-34626-97Passing yards89210Comp-Att-Int8-15-218-34-4Total offense53-43560-307Punts-avg.5-32.44-33.7Penalties-yards15-12517-165Fumbles-lost0-04-3
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