The St. James football team (3-0, 1-0 FRC) continued their dominant start to the 2017 season when they faced off against Hermann on Friday, Sept. 1. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and never let up on their way to a 40-8 win over Hermann for their first Four Rivers Conference win of the season.
Ryan Harlan had another fantastic game for the Tigers and got started quickly. The senior quarterback found the end zone just over a minute into the game on a 38 yard run to take a 6-0 lead. Four minutes later, Harlan found Jaden Roark for a 24 yard touchdown to give St. James a 12-0 lead through the opening quarter.
Hermann had no answer for Harlan, who rushed for his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter. He then found Carter Keeney for a 12 yard touchdown before the half ended. St. James went for two-point conversions after both touchdowns, but failed to convert on both attempts, carrying a 24-0 lead into the half.
The Tigers scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter before pumping the brakes. Harlan found Grant Conway for both touchdowns; the first was a 29 yard pass, while the second went for 15 yards. St. James converted on two-point conversions on both attempts.
Hermann scored on a five yard run in the fourth quarter and converted for two points to bring the final score to 40-8. The touchdown was the first the Tigers allowed all season long.
Harlan completed 16 of his 23 attempts for 252 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 16 times for 121 yards and two scores. Roark led the team in receiving with 108 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. Conway caught two passes, both touchdowns, for 44 yards. Keeney had two catches for32 yards and a touchdown, while Cade Snitker added another 68 yards in four catches.
Defensively, the Tigers forced three turnovers. Ty Lewis and Harlan each snagged an interception, while Broc Chitwood picked up a fumble that was forced by Snitker. Sage Gibson led the team in tackles with 12. Drake Ortiz added seven more tackles and two sacks in the win.
St. James has been unstoppable through their first three games, scoring 142 points and allowing just eight so far this season. They'll remain in the Four Rivers Conferece when they host Owensville (1-2) on Friday, Sept. 8.