HEMINGWAY — Carvers Bay jumped on St. James early, capitalizing on Sharks’ miscues and the hot hand of senior running back Devin Cuttino to take a 33-0 lead into halftime as the Bears rolled to a 39-6 victory on Friday night at Big Bear Stadium.
Cuttino carried just seven times in the first half but had 110 yards and three touchdowns rushing at the break. The senior also came up big from his defensive end position, recording a couple of sacks and causing havoc for the Sharks on the edges.
“Cuttino is a heck of a defensive end,” Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said. “… He has got a motor, and he will turn around and go on offense and the next thing you know he has the ball in his hand and he is down the field. … He is that kid that nobody really notices, but you don’t realize that kid is doing it on both ends of the spectrum not just one. He has a high intensity motor on offense and defense.”
The Sharks (2-3) only gave up 141 yards to Carvers Bay in the first half, but bobbled snaps and ill-timed penalties kept killing drives or giving Carvers Bay scoring chances. The Sharks’ first drive of the night saw them move to Carvers Bay’s 43 and complete a pass for a first down. Two drives later, St. James mishandled three consecutive snaps, including the snap on the punt attempt that allowed Carvers Bay to start its drive at St. James’ 30-yard line.
To its credit, St. James did not quit. The Sharks had a late first-half drive stall deep in Carvers Bay territory, got a quick 3-and-out on the Bears’ offense to open the second half, and then put together an 8-play, 65-yard drive to get on the board. The Sharks then recovered the onside kick.
“Our kids won’t give up. Our kids will fight to the very end,” St. James coach Mark Fisher said. “They are gamers. We started getting a little confidence and then we would make a mistake here or there or do something that would hurt us. At the end of the day, it falls back on me. These kids played as hard as they could.”
The Bears defense capitalized on St. James’ struggles. Raheem Dease returned an interception 73 yards for a score and Carvers Bay recorded four sacks and two interceptions for the game.
“I told our kids early, I said listen guys we got to come to play,” Thompson said. “We got to learn how to keep the intensity up from one week to another. That is what you worry about is you play a good game in Georgetown and all of a sudden you get a flat game. They came out tonight, and they came to play. “
Allen Crum led St. James with 32 yards rushing.
Cuttino finished with 110 yards rushing for the Bears (4-1).
Both teams open region play next week with home games. St. James will host Georgetown in Region VII-AAA while Carvers Bay will host C.E. Murray in Region VII-A.
“We got a lot of work to do. We are not going to be able to play with Georgetown until we get all of our problems figured out,” Fisher said. “Carvers Bay exposed a couple of things that people will start doing to shut down some of the stuff that we are successful at. I have to come up with better gameplans to defend that.”
CB-Devin Cuttino 25 run (Hykeem Hampton kick), 3:38
CB-Cuttino 30 run (kick failed), 1:18
CB-Israel Davis 1 run (run failed), (10:27)
CB-Raheem Dease 73 interception return (Hampton run), 8:16
CB-Cuttino 4 yards (kick failed), 3:01
SJ-Josh Roper 2 run (kick failed), 7:46
CB-Davis 1 run (kick failed), 7:46
RUSHING—St. James: Allen Crum 9-32, Tyrell Dukes 4-13, Josh Roper 17-(-22), Tanner Elliot 1-6, Jake Loud 3-3, Devane Hunter 3-9, Evan Boyd 1-6, William Gallagher 2-3, Team 1-(-4), Charles Ouverson 1-(-12). Carvers Bay: Devin Cuttino 11-110, Lewis Morant 13-67, Hykeem Hampton 2-11, Israel Davis 5-12, Christopher Carter 2-7, Aaron Cochran 2-13, Calvin Miller 1-9.
PASSING—St. James: Roper 10-19-2-89. Carvers Bay: Davis 0-5-0-0.
RECEIVING—St. James: Steven Dieble 2-12, Crum 1-41, Andrew Tom 3-7, Jake Loud 1-7, Tyrell Dukes 2-12, Dakota Holmes 1-10.