Georgetown fell in a deep hole early, but kept fighting in the second half to rally and defeat St. James 26-23 on Friday night at Sharks Stadium.
St. James (2-3) jumped out to a blistering start in all three phases, first with a 26-yard field goal from Riley Parker, then on an 83-yard touchdown run from Deondray Stanfield, followed by a 40-yard interception return by Gage Flour as the Sharks rushed out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter
Parker added a 20-yard kick in the second to stretch the lead to 20-0, and the Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard late in the first half when Bret Kirtley connected with Deakidd Anderson on a 57-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 20-7 at halftime.
That’s when Georgetown (2-3) began the settle down and execute.
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“We just started executing a little better … Against a wing-T like this, after our defense got settled in and got a feel for it, they played lights out,” Bulldogs coach Ken Cribb said.
Kirtley found Anderson from the 20 to cut the lead to seven in the third quarter. Parker hit his third field goal of the game after a Bulldogs fumble in the fourth to stretch the lead back to 10, but Paul Lance capped an eight-play 67-yard drive keyed by a 28-yard completion from Kirtley to Tevyn Geathers and a pass interference call against the Sharks.
“I told the kids, if you don’t quit and you stay positive, good stuff happens. I’m proud of them. We didn’t quit,” Cribb said. “We had every opportunity in the world to, we tried to give that game away every which way but loose, but the kids hung in there and found a way to make it happen.”
St. James fumbled the ball away on the next play from scrimmage, and five play later Lance found the end zone to give Georgetown its first lead of the game.
Georgetown overcame four turnovers – the interception return for a score early, and three fourth-quarter fumbles.
St. James had nine second-half possessions, and only one resulted in the points. The Sharks fumbled the ball away twice, punted three times, turned the ball over on downs twice and threw a late interception after Georgetown took the lead.
It was the second wild win in as many weeks weeks for Georgetown (2-3), which edged Stratford 49-47 a week earlier.
Clinging to a 23-19 lead with momentum swinging in Georgetown’s favor, St. James had a chance to burn some clock, but the Sharks lost the handle on the ball and fumbled it away, allowing the Bulldogs to take over at the Sharks’ 19. Five plays later, Paul Lance had a touchdown and Georgetown had a lead it wouldn’t give up.
Deondray Stanfield, St. James: 9 carries for 128 yards and a TD
Jacob Tyler, St. James: 7-17-1 99
Bret Kirtley, Georgetown: 10-for-16 passing for 170 yards and two TDs
Paul Lance, Georgetown: 8 carries for 54 yards and two TDs.
By the numbers
Pass breakups by Georgetown’s Jahbriel Walker in the fourth quarter.
Times Georgetown has defeated St. James in 14 games between the schools.
They said it
“We had a short week of practice. We only got to practice two days. The weather in Georgetown is crazy, man.” – Georgetown coach Ken Cribb on the impact of Hurricane Irma.
“You come my way, you gonna see what happens. They better learn. Region is about to come up in two weeks, and I’m going to make this statement now – no team can test me in the passing game. This is my senior year, I’m trying to go all out, and I’ve always been taught ‘If you give good effort and don’t quit, good things are going to happen.’ ” – Georgetown defensive back Jahbriel Walker.
Georgetown: vs. Aynor (Sept. 29)
St. James: at Socastee
STJ-Riley Parker 26 FG, 6:16
STJ-Deondray Stanfield 83 run (Parker kick), 4:01
STJ-Gage Flour 40 INT return (Parker kick), 1:03
STJ-Parker 20 FG, 7:35
GEO Bret Kirtley 57 pass to Deakidd Anderson (Anderson kick), 2:41
GEO-Kirtley 20 pass to Anderson (kick failed), 7:12
STJ-Parker 25 FG, 8:40
GEO-Paul Lance 11 run (run failed), 5:42
GEO-Lance 3 run (Blount kick) 3:10
Rushing: Georgetown: Dominic Blount 17-63, Paul Lance 8-54, 2 TDs; . St. James: Deondray Stanfield 9-128, TD; Chris Anderson 16-43.
Passing: Georgetown: Bret Kirtley 10-16-1 170. St. James: Jacob Tyler 7-17-1 99.
Receiving: Georgetown: Fred Taylor 3-18; Deakidd Anderson 4-127, 2 TDs. St. James: Chris Anderson 2-55; Gage Flour 3-33.