St. James fell 35-7 to South Florence on Friday night.
The Sharks dropped to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in Region 6-5A.
South Florence went 82 yards on their opening drive, capped off by 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback La’Norris Sellers to receiver Tyae McWhite for a 7-0 lead.
The Bruins had a 94-yard drive in their first possession of the second quarter, with Sellers throwing another touchdown to McWhite, making it 14-0 in favor of the home team.
Halfway through the third quarter, Sellers threw a 12-yard TD pass to receiver Malik Eaddy making it 21-0.
Later in the quarter St. James got on the board with 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ethan White to running back Deondray Stanfield making it 21-7.
The fourth quarter was all South Florence, as they added a rushing touchdown by running back Hahsaun Wilson and a touchdown reception by receiver Isaiah Jackson putting the game out of reach at 35-7.
The Sharks offense sputtered most of the night with costly penalties and turnovers being the key to the Bruins win.
St. James had five penalties and three turnovers total for the game.
White went 9 for 18 with 133 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions.
St. James running back Malachi Butler had 15 carries for 72 yards.
Stanfield had five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Sharks lineman Jemale Faulkner led the way on defense with five tackles and seven assists.
Cornerback Randy Smith had four tackles and four assists. Cornerback Jimmy Cervenka had three tackles, six assists and a sack.
Linebacker Buddy Smith had an interception for the Sharks defense.
The game was the first held at South Florence stadium. The Bruins used to share Florence’s Memorial Stadium with Wilson and West Florence but each school has built on-campus facility this year.
St. James is scheduled to play West Florence on the road this Thursday night with a 7:30 p.m scheduled kickoff in another pivotal region matchup.
South Florence (3-3) will play Carolina Forest at home.