St. James beat Socastee 55-8 on the road last Friday night in the annual Battle of 707 contest, finishing the regular season with a record of 5-5 overall and 2-3 in Region 6-5A. Socastee finished its season with a 1-8 overall record and 0-5 in Region 6-5A.
“Very proud of how hard our team played,” St. James Head Coach Tommy Norwood said. “The big key to the game was that we controlled the game from the opening kickoff. Our kids never let up and continued to play well until the end of the game.”
The Sharks took the opening kickoff and on the third play from scrimmage, running back Deondray Stanfield found open field for a 52-yard touchdown run making it 7-0 at the 10:38 mark of the first quarter. On the Braves first drive, running back Logan Wicks fumbled, giving the ball right back to St. James.
Sharks running back Malachi Butler took advantage with a two-yard touchdown run with 4:36 to go in the first quarter quickly making it 14-0. Around two minutes later, Butler hit the left sideline for a 62-yard touchdown with 2:05 remaining in the quarter giving the Sharks a 21-0 lead.
At the 10:44 mark of the second quarter, Sharks receiver Randy Smith caught a pass from quarterback Ethan White and scored on a 57-yard touchdown, making it 28-0. Socastee got on the scoreboard with 7:03 remaining in the second quarter when Wicks scored on a four-yard touchdown run on third and goal to make it 28-8 after a successful two-point conversion.
St. James answered with 5:00 remaining in the second quarter when Stanfield scored his second touchdown from 28 yards out to make it 35-8. The Braves fumbled with 1:57 to go until halftime and the Sharks took advantage as Smith caught his second touchdown from White with 13 seconds to go to make it 42-8 at the break.
White found the end zone on a one-yard quarterback keeper with 2:19 to go in the third quarter, making it 49-8. Stanfield then put the exclamation point on with his third touchdown after a ten-yard touchdown run with less than a minute to go in the third quarter, making it 55-8 after a missed extra point.
The Sharks had a big night with 489 total yards on offense with 109 passing and 380 rushing. They had 24 first downs.
Ethan White finished the night 5-7 for 109 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for one.
The combination of Butler and Stanfield had a huge night running the football. Butler had 19 rushes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Stanfield had 11 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns with three receptions for 40 yards.
Randy Smith had two key touchdowns to lead the team in receiving on the night.
On defense, Stanfield had three tackles and three assists. Smith had one tackle, nine assists and one fumble recovery. Bra’Lyan Smith-Sapp had two tackles and five assists.
St. James was not selected for an at-large bid in the 5A playoffs but had their first non-losing regular season since 2015 so there is a lot to shoot for as Norwood continues to build a program in Murrells Inlet.