2011 - GAME 8

SAINT JAMES 42, Hillcrest-Evergreen 0 
HIL              0       0       0       0             0
STJ             21       7       7       7           42


STJ  (1)  5:05  Jabour 24 pass from Duncan          (Meadows kick)      7 - 0
STJ  (1)  4:40  Duncan 4 run                                  (Meadows kick)    14 - 0
STJ  (1)  1:05  Woodson 2 run                               (Meadows kick)    21 - 0
STJ  (2)  1:02  Woodson 26 pass from Duncan       (Meadows kick)    28 - 0
STJ  (3)  5:48  Moody 22 pass from Duncan             (Newton kick)    35 - 0
STJ  (4)  9:58  Duncan 2 run                                     (Newton kick)    42 - 0

October 14, 2011.
  HOMECOMING, Carlisle Field.  Game conditions:  Clear   Game temperature:  71   Wind:  none

Saint James scored three touchdowns within a four minute span during the first quarter and was never headed as the home gold jerseys provided "The Midas Touch" helping the Trojans clinch a playoff berth and a first round home game in a 42 - 0 Homecoming victory over first time Carlisle Field visitor Hillcrest-Evergreen.

Hillcrest picked up one first down on their opening drive as Kyantrae Lewis, one of fourteen different Jaguar rushers on the evening, carried for 30 yards on the second play.  However, after a loss, two incomplete passes, and the first of a handful of illegal procedure penalties, Hillcrest punted.  Duncan kept on first down up the middle for 23 of the total 59 rushing yards the Trojans would amass.  Several plays later, after the drive was slowed, Riley Newton was going to attempt what would have been a school record 54 yard field goal.  However, a delay of game penalty pushed the potential placekick five yards back, and Saint James opted for the punt instead.

Once again the Jaguars picked up a solitary first down, as starting quarterback Keyshawn Roache rushed for 21.  However, incomplete passes led to another punt, and Saint James was on their way to a mini-scoring frenzy of 21 points in four minutes.  After Walker Woodson was stopped on first down for no gain, Duncan found him open deep down the far sidelines for a 39 yard completion.  Two plays later, Duncan lofted a pass to Jake Jabour, who had outraced his defender to the endzone to haul in a 24 yard touchdown pass.  Austin Meadows came in to convert the first of his four extra point attempts, and the Trojans were up 7 - 0 midway through the first quarter.

Disaster struck the Jaguars as the kickoff, which came down just short of the goal line, was fielded by Trevin Rudolph who juggled the ball early and was hit, jarring the ball loose, which Trojan Chase Ritter fell upon at the Hillcrest 19.  Duncan went back to work immediately, tossing a 15 yard completion to Graham Norwood, and on the next play he scored virtually untouched on a four yard keeper touchdown.  The extra point helped double the lead to 14 - 0.

Saint James would strike again several minutes later.  On third and eleven from the Hillcrest 39, Roache lofted a pass which was overthrown and intercepted by Jabour.  He freed himself from the intended receiver turned potential tackler, and rushed down the near sidelines with a host of gold-shirted Trojan blockers.  Two Jaguars, including the quarterback Roache had an angle, and managed to break through the blocks and tackle Jabour after a 58 yard interception return at the Hillcrest 18.  Duncan carried for four on first down, twelve on second down, and handed off to Woodson who dove off right guard for a third first quarter touchdown and an early 21 - 0 lead.

The teams then traded punts, and Hillcrest was in the midst of its best drive of the evening.  Cordarius Mims, who did not play in the first quarter, had fresh legs and carried several times for big yardage first downs.  His 27 yard run gave the Jaguars first down at the Trojan 8, but on the next play he fumbled and Austin Meadows recovered back at the fifteen, ending that scoring threat.  Hillcrest forced another Saint James punt, but later on fourth and ten from the Trojan 28, Keith Richardson was stopped for no gain on a reverse attempt, and Saint James had held yet again.

Three plays later they were in the endzone as time was elapsing in the second quarter.   Wilson Adams made a great diving catch to snare in a 39 yard completion.  Duncan was forced to scramble on the next play, but gained seven yards.  On the next play, he saw Woodson open near the corner of the endzone and found him with a 26 yard scoring toss.  The extra point gave the Trojans a huge 28 point advantage going into halftime, as Hillcrest could not reach midfield before the horn sounded, and in halftime festivities Hannah Hoover was crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen.

After the obligatory five yard delay of game penalty for the ceremonies running just a few minutes over allotted time, Hillcrest's only kickoff of the evening was returned by Jabour to the Trojan 35.  Woodson and Frank Moody each ran for first downs, but Saint James opted to punt later, pinning Hillcrest at their own 4.  They could not earn a first down, and a high pop punt bounced and landed squarely at the Jaguar 26.  After a potential Duncan touchdown pass was dropped, he ran for four on second down, and on third down threw his third touchdown pass, this time to Moody on a beautiful crossing route for 22 yards.  Riley Newton, kickoff specialist, handled the extra point duties on the second half touchdowns, and the Trojans were up 35 - 0 midway through the third quarter.

The Jaguars held the ball the remainder of the quarter.  Richardson picked up a first down on a fake punt run, and appeared to have an even longer gain on a second fake punt run, but it was called back by a holding penalty which ended up costing Hillcrest a net of 54 yards on the final play of the third quarter.  On fourth down, a bad snap back to the regular punter was muffed and dribbled around before it was finally fallen upon at the five.  It took the Trojans four downs, but Duncan carried in from the two on that fourth play, his last and the last for many of the starters, and Newton's extra point iced the scoring at 42 - 0.

Reserves on both teams played on both sides of the ball the remainder of the game, and neither team earned a first down the rest of the way.  Hillcrest did take over after a bobbled punt snap on the Saint James 20, but a great endzone pass breakup by Jake Sharp and a fourth down loss continued the shutout possibility.  The Jaguars had one last chance to score, but on fourth and eight from the Saint James 43 they were again stopped for a loss on fourth down and Griffin Slater once again performed his duties for the team simply downing the ball in the victory formation as Saint James not only clinched a winning season but locked up a first round home playoff matchup three Friday nights down the road against a to-be-determined opponent, only the second time since 2000 when the AHSAA went almost exclusively to eight team regions.


SAINT JAMES   RUSHING    31 attempts  59 yards  3 TDs   (1.90 yards per carry)

                          5   Duncan        11 / 47  (2 TDs)      20   Moody           5 / 21         4   Woodson       7 / 13  (1 TD)
                        34   Taylor            2 /   2                   30   Jabour            1 / - 3       12   Slater            2 / - 4
                        44   Haveard         2 / - 5                     1   Alter              1 / - 12

                        PASSING      8 completions  14 attempts  0 INTs  177 yards  3 TDs  (2 sacks of, - 9 yards)

                          5   Duncan         8 - 12 - 0   177 yards  3 TDs   (2 sacks, - 9 yards)
                        12   Slater            0 -   2 - 0       0 yards


                          4   Woodson       2 / 65                     2   Adams             2 / 47        20   Moody         2 / 26  (1 TD)
                        30   Jabour           1 / 24  (1 TD)       11   Norwood         1 / 15

                        TOTAL YARDS:   236

                        KICKS:  XP  6 / 6                FG  0 / 0
                        2 POINT CONVERSIONS:  0 / 0
                        KICKOFFS:   7  (EZ,58,58,EZ,56,EZ,59)                  PUNTS:   5  (31,41,31,37,38)
                        KO RETURNS:  1  (20)   
                                        PUNT RETURNS:  1 (0)
                        INTERCEPTION RETURNS:  1  (58)
                        FIRST DOWNS:   13  (7 rushing, 6 passing)
                        FUMBLES:  2, lost 1
                        TURNOVER MARGIN:   + 2
                        PENALTIES:   3 / 15 yards

                        TIME OF POSSESSION:  19:06

RUSHING    46 attempts  182 yards  0 TDs  (3.96 yards per carry)
                        PASSING       5 completions  17 attempts  1 INT  33 yards  (1 sack of, - 3 yards)
                        TOTAL YARDS:   215

                        KICKS:  XP  0 / 0                FG  0 / 0
                        2 POINT CONVERSIONS:  0 / 0
                        KICKOFFS:  1  (40)                                                 PUNTS:  4  (26,30,18,31)

                        KO RETURNS:   4  (15F,27,23,36)                           PUNT RETURNS:  2  (0fc,22)
                        FIRST DOWNS:   11  (11 rushing)
                        FUMBLES:  3, lost 2
                        PENALTIES:  9 / 70 yards
                        TIME OF POSSESSION:  28:54