The St. James football team (3-3, 2-1 FRC) hosted St. Clair for Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 28. The Bulldogs controlled the matchup from the opening snap, handing St. James a 42-0 Four Rivers Conference loss.
The Tigers looked like they were off to a great start on Friday night when they forced the Bulldogs into a three and out. Unfortunately, the ensuing punt was St. James' first issue of the night. The punt was muffed by Jaden Roark and St. Clair was able to jump on the ball to regain possession on the 39-yard line. Kamaleilani Bursey then ran in a 13-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive. Later in the quarter, Clemente Ramos ran in a nine-yard score, giving St. Clair a 13-0 lead through a quarter of play.
St. Clair kept Rolling with a pair of touchdowns in the second. First, Tim Hoffman hit Bredyn Stricker for a 26-yard score, before Chase Walters caught a five-yard pass from Hoffman, stretching the Bulldog lead to 28-0. St. James tried to make a push for a score later in the final minutes of the quarter, but a Tate Whitener pass towards the end zone was intercepted by Hoffman. St. Clair then charged down the field and almost turned the ball over near midfield, but a fumble bounced right back into the hands of a Bulldog receiver and St. Clair kept pushing. Their drive stalled out thanks to a fumble in the end zone just before the half, which St. James was able to recover. The Tigers ran out the clock and went into the break trailing 28-0.
St. James opened the second half with a strong drive, but a fourth down catch by Tyler Recker ended just short of the first down marker. St. Clair then added another touchdown, a seven yard pass from Hoffman to Walters, which put the turbo clock into effect. St. Clair added one more touchdown in the second half, a one yard score by Chris Scott in the fourth, as they finished off a 42-0 win.
This was one of the few games where they Tigers struggled to move the ball on the ground. Recker was held under 100 yards for the first time this season, carrying the ball 15 times for 61 yards. Whitener added nine carries for 29 yards, while completing seven of 18 pass attempts for 58 yards and an interception. Recker also led the team in receiving with three catches for 32 yards in the loss. Defensively, Sage Gibson led the team in tackles with 17, while Rustin Branum added 11 and forced a fumble.
The Tigers will look to bounce back next week when they host Sullivan for Senior Night.