Thursday, August 21, 2014
It took the St. James High School Sharks less than two minutes to take the first bite out of the 2014 football season at the 25th annual Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic in Myrtle Beach on Aug. 15, scoring first and then defeating the Green Sea Floyds High School Trojans 14-6.
Sharks new Head Coach Robby Brown hopes his team will stay in the hunt all the way to the postseason.
“We are truly blessed to be able to kick off the 2014 season in a venue like this,” Brown said.
“Our athletes have worked extremely hard and put in many hours of work during the offseason.”
Running back William Gallagher, a junior, is thankful he will have more than one season with the new head coach.
Gallagher said fans will see a different football team on the field this year. “Coach Brown is a serious motivator,” Gallagher explained.
“He is fun but serious, and the whole team really respects him.”
Gallaher predicted Sharks fans will have “a lot more fun” watching the team in the coming season than they have in the past.
Judging by the grin on receiver Quedarius Grate’s face, he was already experiencing some of the “fun” Gallagher forecast.
“Man this is awesome,” he said. “I can’t believe I just scored. This is crazy.” Grate was having a hard time wrapping his head around the touchdown because at the beginning of the summer, Grate, a stand-out soccer player, had never played football.
“Coach Brown asked me to just give him a shot, and promised he would turn me into a football player, and he did,” Grate said.
Brown worked with Grate the entire summer to give him all the knowledge of the game he would need to succeed.
At the same time, Brown emphasized the importance in achieving a personal goal.
“He taught me everything,” Grate said. “He taught me all the positions, and the rules, but he also taught me how to believe in myself and go for it.”
The Sharks definitely went for it Aug 15. The defense did an outstanding job of forcing the Trojans to turn over the ball, giving players like senior running back Alan Crum the opportunity to run the ball into the end zone for the Sharks’ second touchdown of the game.
Returning from a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines last year, Junior Charles Ouverson found the air between the uprights twice to put the two extra points on the scoreboard for the Sharks.
The Sharks are away for their first two regular season games, but return to their home tank to host Carolina Forest on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Ten area teams competed in the 2014 Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic. The teams played in games of 20 minutes before a large crowd at the Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.