The St. James football team (4-1, 2-0 FRC) hosted Cassville for a non-conference game on Friday, Sept. 15. The Tigers couldn't find the same offensive success that they did in their first four games, as their perfect season came to an end with a 33-6 loss to Cassville.
It was a defensive battle on Friday night, as the first quarter nearly came to an end with a scoreless tie. Cassville was able to break that scoreless tie with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter when Shannon Haney found Bowen Preddy for a 54-yard bomb to take a 7-0 lead. The quarter ended with that score, but St. James would quickly close that gap.
Ryan Harlan was able to find Carter Keeney for a 26-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the point after attempt was no good, leaving Cassville out in front 7-6. After that touchdown, Cassville controlled the quarter. First St. James found themselves on the ground in their own end zone for a safety before Haney hit Wyatt Goade for a 14-yard strike. Cassville added a 37-yard field goal before the half to carry a 19-6 lead into the half.
Cassville didn't slow down in the second half. Anthony Tolbert punched in a two-yard touchdown for the first score of the third quarter before Haney snuck a one-yard score of his own to cement a 33-6 win. The fourth quarter came and went without another score, as St. James couldn't find the offense for a comeback.
Harlan had a pretty uncharacteristically quiet game. He threw for 99 yards and a touchdown, while also throwing a pick. He also carried the ball 18 times for 80 yards. Keeney led the team in receiving with 41 yards on four catches. The normally electric St. James offense was held to 187 total yards. Defensively, Sage Gibson and Broc Chitwood led the team with 14 tackles a piece. St. James wasn't able to force any turnovers in the loss and wasn't able to get to Haney in the backfield.
The Tigers will look to get back into the win column when they return to the Four Rivers Conference with a trip to St. Clair on Friday, Sept. 22.