High School Football: Saint James holds off Clear Spring

September 07, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — The Saint James Saints held on to get past the Clear Spring Blazers 21-19 on Friday night in a Washington County high school football game.

Saint James (2-0) got on the scoreboard first with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter when quarterback Bobby Brennan scored on a 20-yard touchdown run on the right side. Ryan Abbott kicked the extra point.

The Saints extended their lead to 14-0 two minutes later when Brennan threw a 22-yard touchdown pass up the left side to Nick Hubbard. Abbott added the extra point.

Nineteen seconds later, Clear Spring (1-1) cut the lead to 14-7 when junior quarterback Jacob Brant fired a 66-yard touchdown pass up the left side to Collin Schultz. Brant also kicked the extra point.

Saint James raised its lead to 21-7 with 7:27 to go in the second quarter when Noah Cisse returned an interception down the right sideline 89 yards for a touchdown. Abbott kicked the extra point.

The Blazers reduced the deficit to 21-13 with 7:27 left in the third quarter on senior running back Jesse Gentry’s 14-yard touchdown run up the left side. The extra point attempt was blocked.

Clear Spring narrowed the gap to 21-19 with 10:10 remaining in the fourth quarter on Gentry’s 4-yard touchdown run through the middle. The two-point conversion run was not successful.

The Blazers got the ball back and had a fourth-and-3 with 3:15 to go, but could not get the first down. The Saints were able to run the clock down to 13 seconds before the Blazers got the ball back for one last play in their own territory, but their play resulted in a 9-yard loss as time ran out.

The Saints’ defense finished with two interceptions and one fumble recovery. The Blazers’ defense wound up with three interceptions.

Joey Fisher, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound freshman defensive end, came through with two sacks in the first half for Clear Spring.

Brant ended up with 183 passing yards and Schultz had 136 receiving yards on four receptions for the Blazers. Gentry had 83 rushing yards.

Brennan had 105 passing yards for the Saints.

Clear Spring got 15 first downs, while Saint James had 14 first downs.

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