MURRELLS INLET — The Loris Lions were quiet in the first half Friday night.
But that all changed in the third quarter.
Demetrius Hemingway caught a 22-yard pass from Bennett Winslow, Levi Moody ran for a 22-yard touchdown and the Lions held off St. James for a 13-10 victory.
Hats off to St. James and coach [Mark Fischer], they had a great game plan and did a great job tonight, Loris coach Jamie Snider said. We were fortunate that we found the way in the second half to make some plays. We kind of struggled on offense in the first half and had a turnover that gave up a touchdown. Were looking for improvement week-to-week; this is the starting point, not the ending point.
The Sharks started off looking good as Nicole Meyers nailed a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter to give St. James a 3-0 advantage. The Sharks extended that lead with a mistake by the Lions as Cody Toomer scored on a fumble recovery in the Loris end zone, putting St. James ahead 10-0.
Maybe we were too focused in the first half instead of being relaxed and just play, Snider said. Im proud of our kids for it to be 10-0 with so many mistakes. We want to take this game film and learn from it.
After the first half, St. James offense was flustered and couldnt get into the end zone. St. James started its final drive on its own 42-yard line, but Loris Austin Messenger intercepted a Josh Roper pass with 21.5 seconds left to seal the victory for the Lions.
This one was very similar to last year's game, said Snider, whose team defeated St. James 10-9 last season. Very, very similar. What we want to do is take this and learn from it against a very well-coached St. James team and see where it takes us from there.
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