A senior-laden Lions team flexed its muscle early and often as the Lions ran past St. James 36-3 on Friday night at Heniford Field in the season opener for both teams.
R. J. Brown, who went 89 yards on the first play of the season from the line of scrimmage, rolled up 212 rushing yards in the first half for Loris.
St. James' first play was nowhere as successful as Taylor Schneider took a handoff for an 8-yard gain, but his fumble was recovered by Shontrail Chestnut at the Sharks' 36 yard line.
After Brown went out of bounds at the 1 on the next play, Lions quarterback Kentrez Hilton dove in on a keeper and the extra point put Loris ahead 15-0 with less than a minute gone off the clock.
The Sharks pushed into Lions territory on the next possession keyed by an 11-yard gain on a fake punt by #37, but the drive stalled at the Loris 31 as St. James turned it over on downs.
Loris' next possession started well with a 33-yard rush from Brown, but a broken play led to Hilton being dragged down for a 16-yard loss, and a bad snap set up the Sharks with a first-and-10 at the Loris 21.
After little movement on two inside runs and an incomplete pass, #1 missed wide left on a 36-yard field goal try.
Another big gainer by Brown, this time for 20 yards, kicked off the next Loris drive, which also included a 29-yard run from Fred Bryant, but Hilton was dragged down on a third-and-9 play for a 20-yard loss that forced Loris to punt again.
The Sharks went three-and-out on their next possession, and a 12-yard punt return from Hilton set the Lions up at the St. James 47 yard line and set up another pounding drive that was anchored by Brown, who picked up 15 yards on the first play.
Brown came up just short of the goal line, but a procedure flag moved the ball back to the 10, and Brown nearly scored again before giving way to Hilton, who scored from a yard out to make the score 23-0 with 6:45 left in the first half.
St. James' next drive stalled, and another Lion got to show off when Fred Bryant went 50 yards for a score on a second-and-5 play to give Loris a 30-0 lead that they would carry into halftime.
St. James went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, and Brown fumbled to give St. James the ball back.
The Sharks picked up a first down thanks to a roughing call that was called against Loris, but stalled from there and turned the ball over on downs again.
The Lions made the most of the next opportunity, putting together a seven-play, 52-yard drive over 3:30, capped by a 19-yard scoring run from Montell White for Loris' final points.
The Sharks finally got on the board in the second half with a 55-yard, seven-play drive that ended in a 30-yard field goal from kicker Caleb Duggan.