Wilmore picks time to shine

September 19, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SAINT JAMES -- Avery Wilmore did a good bit of work on both defense and offense Saturday afternoon, and got the Saint James Saints going on their way to a 39-0 victory over the Bishop Walsh Spartans in a Maryland private-school football game.

As a linebacker, Wilmore made two interceptions and Saint James scored after each.

"The coaches just called the right plays and put us in the right coverage," Wilmore said. "The ball just came to me."

The Saints (3-0) first got on the scoreboard with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter when Wilmore went to the right side to catch a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jamie Peterson. Kicker Tommy Wagner then made the first of his four extra-point kicks.

"The offensive coordinator just put me in the right position," Wilmore said. "I was wide open and I just made a nice catch."


Peterson completed 10 of his 19 passes for 101 yards.

Wilmore had the most receptions with four and was second in receiving yards with 41. Kevin McCormack had 44 receiving yards on three receptions for the Saints.

With 3:04 to go in the second quarter, Wilmore intercepted a pass at his own 2-yard line and returned it 98 yards to the end zone.

But the football was brought back to the Spartans' 45-yard line on a 15-yard clipping penalty.

Just 1:46 later, Wagner kicked a 39-yard field goal to give Saint James a 10-0 halftime lead.

Mike Townes ran for 127 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns during the third quarter for the Saints.

Townes' first touchdown came on a 43-yard run with 7:39 left in the period to give Saint James a 17-0 lead.

Just 2:07 later, Wilmore intercepted a pass at his own 15-yard line and returned it to the 50-yard line.

With 1:44 remaining in the period, Townes scored on a 4-yard run and Peterson had a two-point conversion run to boost the Saints' lead to 25-0.

Saint James added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Robert Taylor-Smith had a 22-yard TD run with 10:54 to go and Aiden Scrivens had a 7-yard touchdown run with 3:45 left.

"I'm glad with the way that we responded after our team played a sub-par first half," Saint James coach Chris Milmoe said. "I said to them, 'Let's go after them in the third quarter. Lets run, block. Run, block.' I talked to the team about having faith in each other. If everybody truly has faith in the players, the coaches and themselves, then there is nothing that can stop us as a team."

Milmoe said there is still room for improvement.

"We still have some work to do on defense, so we can handle the speed in the MAC," he said. "Because if some of those guys in the MAC break free, they're gone."

Wilmore is hopeful for more success.

"We're heading in the right direction," Wilmore said. "We're playing well and we need to continue to practice hard. We have good potential. We may even go undefeated this year."

Bishop Walsh fell to 0-4.

St. James 39, Bishop Walsh 0

Bishop Walsh 0 0 0 0 -- 0

St. James 7 3 15 14 -- 39

SJ -- Avery Wilmore 9 pass from Jamie Peterson (Tommy Wagner kick)

SJ -- FG (Wagner 39)

SJ -- Mike Townes 43 run (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Townes 4 run (Peterson run)

SJ -- Robert Taylor-Smith 22 run (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Aiden Scrivens 7 run (Wagner kick)


First downs 3 18

Rushes-yards 25-(-42) 31-246

Passing yards 46 101

Comp-Att-Int 8-15-2 10-19-1

Total offense 40-4 50-347

Punts-avg. 5-26.0 1-37.0

Penalties-yards 7-35 9-75

Fumbles-lost 4-0 1-1


RUSHING -- Bishop Walsh: Hendershot 11-(-21), Walters 7-17, Lindelof 4-(-6), Reed 3-(-32). St. James: Townes 18-127, Pritchard 7-48, Peterson 1-3, Taylor-Smith 3-41, Scrivens 2-52.

PASSING -- Bishop Walsh: Hendershot 8-15-2-46. St. James: Peterson 10-19-1-101.

RECEIVING -- Bishop Walsh: Howell 1-2, Rhodes 2-13, Redmon 3-34, Comire 1-7, Lindelof 1-(-10). St. James: Wilmore 4-41, Wagner 2-14, McCormack 3-44, Townes 1-2.

Records: Bishop Walsh 0-4; St. James 3-0.

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