An apparent lose-then-win pattern for the St. James High School varsity football team is evolving.
St. James hosted its rivals, Socastee Braves, in what Horry County calls “Battle of 707” on Sept. 26 and was defeated 17-14.
St. James blocked a Socastee punt and then Trace Smith caught a pass from Zach Werba in the end zone, scoring the first touchdown for the home team in the first quarter.
St. James’ fans erupted with excitement because of the team’s two back-to-back plays.
Things were looking good for the Sharks.
Alan Crum’s excellent catch and run from Werba almost set up another potential touchdown for the Sharks. However, Socastee then sacked Werba.
Socastee finally came to life in the second quarter.
Brave Angelo Sauter bulldozed through St. James’ defensive line, running three yards into the end zone.
Sauter’s second touchdown in the third quarter gave Socastee the seven-point advantage.
St. James did not score again until the last quarter of the game. Will Gallagher’s four-yard touchdown run tied the game.
Brave Alan Millan had two good extra point kicks and his 32-yard field goal in the last quarter gave Socastee the three more points it needed to win the game.
St. James’ Alijah Pursley’s six tackles drove the Sharks defense in the first half. Logan Richards and Tyler Giles both had two tackles. Cody Toomer had four tackles, along with recovering a fumble.
The two teams fought until the end, slipping and sliding in mud and getting drenched in rain. Luckily for both, the rain held off until the very end of the game.
St. James travels to Georgetown on Oct. 3. Socastee’s next game is against Carolina Forest Oct. 10.