Saints top Panthers

September 02, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — The Saint James varsity football team shook off two first-half Hancock safeties and found its offense in the second half to rally for a 21-4 season-opening win over the Panthers on Friday night.

The Saints (1-0) received a godsend in brothers Nnamdi and Obi Enechionyia, two first-year football players who each caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Robert Brennan.

“Those boys have never played a down of football in their lives. They were soccer players,” said Saint James coach Juwuane Sandridge. “They’re both about 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8. I just told them to run down the field and make sure you catch it.”

Hancock (0-1) opened the scoring in the first quarter when Harrison Layman tackled punter Fred Slater in the end zone after he fumbled the snap. Noah Teeter later sacked Brennan in the end zone to put Hancock up 4-0.

“Our defense played a whale of a game,” said Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey. “These kids are still high schoolers. They still have things to work out.”

Saint James scored a touchdown in the second quarter on an interception return from Kevin Manesh to take a 7-4 lead and never looked back.

Nnamdi Enechionyia caught a 23-yard strike from Brennan in the third quarter after a 44-yard interception return from Slater, and Obi Enechionyia capped off the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Sandridge is happy with the win, but the Saints’ running game never really got rolling, funbling five times.

“It would have been nice to get the running game going, because it would have made our offense more balanced,” said Sandridge. “They knew we were going to pass, and we had to.”

Saint James    0    7    7    7    —    21
Hancock    0    4    0    0    —    4
H — Harrison Layman safety
H — Noah Teeter safety
SJ — Kevin Manesh 33 interception return (Ryan Abbott kick)
SJ — Nnamdi Enechionyia 23 pass from Robert Brennan (Abbott kick)
SJ — Obi Enechionyia 23 pass from Brennan (Abbott kick)

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