The St. Joseph’s football team rode another big defensive effort and defeated Ninety Six 10-0 in its first home game of the season Friday night.
The Knights (2-0), who blanked Carolina through three quarters in their 26-8 season-opening victory last week, recorded a shutout for the third time under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.
Last season, St. Joe’s defeated West-Oak 45-0 in Week 4 and shut out McCormick 23-0 in Week 8.
In their 2019 home debut, the Knights gave ground on the first possession of the game, with Ninety Six driving to the SJCS 25-yard line. But the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs.
On the Knights’ first play from scrimmage, sophomore K.D. Boyd burst through for 49 yards, the key play on a drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by junior Mark Lyons.
Freshman Matthew Hall made the point-after kick, and the Knights led 7-0 with 8:45 left in the first quarter.
That was all the scoring until the fourth quarter, when the SJCS defense came up with another big stop at the Wildcats’ 44-yard line with less than eight minutes remaining.
St. Joe’s moved to the Ninety Six 5-yard line, and with a fourth-and-goal situation, Matthew Hall came on and nailed a clinching field goal with 2:41 left in the game.
Fittingly, on a big night for the Knights’ defense, the Wildcats’ last possession ended with a sack by senior Alec Miller.
Next week, St. Joe’s will have its annual Military Appreciation Night when the Knights host the Anderson Cavaliers.
The Knights’ junior varsity team got off to a good start with a 20-12 victory on the road against Ninety Six on Thursday night.
The SJCS girls tennis team rolled to a 7-0 victory over Southside Christian on Thursday.
1-Melina Norton d. Zoe Dinkle, 6-1, 6-3
2-Julia Jacques d. Caroline Williams, 6-1, 6-0
3-Adrianna Delacruz d. Chloe Dew, 6-2, 6-3
4-Madison Patrick d. Sophie dew, 6-3, 6-2
5-Charlotte Horin d. Farah King, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0
1-Norton/Jacques d. Dinkle/Williams, 6-1, 6-2
2-Caroline Gallagher/Grace Eilers d. Barret Hughes/Emma Williams, 6-1, 6-1
The SJCS volleyball team improved to 2-0 in Region 1-2A with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-7, 25-9) win over visiting Greenville Tech on Thursday.
MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
The SJCS middle school volleyball team lost to Langston on Friday, 2-0 (25-11, 25-11). Camila Salgado was high-scoring server for the Knights.
The Knights lost a tough match against Bob Jones on Thursday, 2-1 (25-14, 21-25, 15-10). Lindsey Netterville was high-scoring server for St. Joe’s.