The St. James Sharks are now 2-1 on the season after losing 29-7 to the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs on Friday night.
“I thought we played awful hard and had a lot of opportunities that were just stopped,” Head Coach Tommy Norwood said. “We moved the ball at times, however, we would move the ball 30 yards down the field and yet go 10 yards backward. You can’t do that against North Myrtle Beach, they’ve got too much talent.”
Sharks quarterback Ethan White threw a costly interception in the first quarter leading to a touchdown run by Chiefs running Messiah Gore at the 8:29 minute-mark, giving North Myrtle Beach a 7-0 advantage. The Chiefs added another touchdown near the end of the first quarter as quarterback Ramsey Lewis ran one in from 15 yards out making it 13-0.
“We were just inconsistent,” Coach Norwood said. “We threw that one pick early, but we only had one turnover on the night. It might have hurt us momentum wise, but that’s about it.”
North Myrtle Beach picked right back up in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Lewis to receiver Zyer Belle upping the Chiefs lead to 19-0, the only score before halftime.
The Chiefs took the second-half kickoff and didn’t waste any time making it 26-0 as Lewis rushed for his second touchdown run on the night. With 3:46 to go in the third quarter, the Sharks finally got on the board. Running Deondray Stanfield caught a 24-yard pass from White making it 26-7.
North Myrtle Beach added a field goal with 9:35 to go in the fourth quarter, giving the Sharks the loss.
“I think what happened in the first half, things went against them and they kind of second-guessed themselves,” Coach Norwood said. “In the second half, we kind of got after it a little bit. I thought the Chiefs defensive line outplayed our offensive line. One of our objectives was to win the line of scrimmage.”
Stanfield rushed 12 times for 120 yards and caught two balls for 28 yards and a touchdown. Running back Malachi Butler had 78 yards rushing.
According to Coach Norwood, there has been an improvement from last season, but the Sharks will need to practice hard and get better as the season continues.
“We were 0-3 last year,” he said. “We are 2-1 now. I think the Chiefs are one of the better teams that we played, to be honest, tonight. We’re not going to make a bunch of excuses. It’s not going to be a lack of effort on our part.”
The Sharks will travel to Georgetown Sept. 20 to take on the Bulldogs with a 7:30 p.m. scheduled kickoff.