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High School Football: Spartans edge Saints

September 15, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Saint James' Sherman Harris heads to the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter Saturday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

ST. JAMES — Bishop Walsh quarterback Terrell McGraw threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Billy Conroy with 1 minute, 3 seconds remaining in the game to give Bishop Walsh a 32-28 victory over Saint James on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 28-26, McGraw hit Conroy on a sideline pattern and the senior running back did the rest.

“We ran that play twice today,” Bishop Walsh coach Geno Taylor said. “Our receiver was wide open. So I waited until the end when we really needed it. We have a good quarterback that throws the ball well and a good receiver. That is what happened.”

Saint James (2-1) had one final chance to score. But McGraw, who is also a defensive back, intercepted a Bobby Brennan pass at the Bishop Walsh 20 and returned it to the 35 with 36 seconds to go in the game.

McGraw then took a knee to run out the clock and seal the win for the Spartans (3-0).

“It was a tough loss,” Saint James coach Juwuane Sandridge said. “We got down early, but then we fought all the way back. We gave up a late score and on their last drive, they converted a couple of fourth-down plays. They definitely got a lot of momentum there.”

McGraw accounted for four of the five Spartans’ touchdowns, running for two and throwing for two more. One of the touchdown runs was an 89-yard dash that increased Bishop Walsh’s advantage to 26-7 with 3:23 left in the second quarter.

“Our offensive line and our defensive line worked really well,” Taylor said. “Working hard was the key to our victory today. We had a good week in practice. We are going to run 50 percent and pass 50 percent. We are sharing the ball equally.”

Saint James rallied back to cut the lead to 26-21 by halftime.

The Saints took the lead at 28-26 with 8 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Brennan tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Alec Wingerd and Ryan Abbott kicked the extra point. It was Brennan’s fourth touchdown pass and Abbott’s fourth extra-point kick.

“They are a good team and we knew that we had to put a lot of points on the board, if we wanted to win,” Sandridge said. “We had too many penalties and too many blown assignments. You are not going to beat a good football team by making that many mistakes. We have to put this game behind us and stay positive, so we can be ready for our next game.”

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