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St. James’ Malachi Butler is piled on in the game with Hilton Head on Friday. St. James won 24-10. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

The St. James Sharks could never get on track against the South Florence Bruins Friday, falling 35-7. Friday’s contest was the first region game for both teams.

The contest was the first 5A varsity game ever held at the South Florence field. South Florence, Wilson and West Florence all share Florence’s Memorial Stadium. This season, each of the schools will host a game at their own home field.

The Bruins used a spread passing game and the running of junior back Hahsaun Wilson to keep the Shark defense off balance most of the night. The Shark offense struggled to sustain drives much of the game. Untimely turnovers and penalties also led to the Sharks’ woes.

The Bruins took a 14-0 lead into the halftime and bumped that up to 21-0 five minutes into the third quarter. The Sharks took to the air and found pay dirt less than two minutes later making the score 21-7, but that was all they could muster for the evening.

St. James (3-3, 0-1 region) head coach Tommy Norwood was disappointed following the game and did not mince words about his team’s performance.

“We just didn’t come to play tonight,” Norwood said. “When things started going bad, we fell off the cliff.”

The Sharks return to Florence next week to take on West Florence as region play continues. Norwood said he did not know much about West Florence but lamented, “If we play like we did tonight, they might score 100 points on us.”

South Florence, also 3-3, will host Carolina Forest.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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