SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS, JV FOOTBALL TEAMS CRUISE TO WINS

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Brayden Renfrow ran for two touchdowns and threw for two scores, and the SJCS middle school football team rolled to a 26-0 win over visiting Christ Church in its opener on Thursday night.

Late in the first half, on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard-line, Renfrow threw to Gabe Nelson, who made a diving catch in the end zone. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, but the Knights had a 6-0 halftime lead.

Renfrow scored on a sweep in the third quarter, and although the conversion attempt failed, St. Joe’s led 12-0.

Christ Church was marching down field in the fourth quarter when Brayden Johnson picked off a pass. Renfrow took advantage of excellent field position and punched in another touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the score was 18-0.

With a little more than two minutes remaining, Renfrow threw a long pass to a wide open Harrison Zinkann, who scurried down the left sideline for the touchdown. Renfrow ran in for the two-point conversion to make it 26-0.

JV Football

St. Joseph’s forced four turnovers, Daniel Watson ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Knights’ junior varsity football team cruised to a 32-6 victory over the host Anderson Cavaliers on Thursday night.

John Bynum, Adrian Monterrosa and Chris Johnson had interceptions, Andrew Passerelli recovered a fumble and Tommy Sullivan registered a sack for St. Joe’s, which improved to 2-0.

A long run by Johnson to the 1-yard line set up Watson’s first touchdown. The point-after attempt was no good, but the Knights had a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Watson’s 80-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run gave St. Joe’s a 14-0 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter, quarterback Jack Murphy scored on a short run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. The Knights missed on both conversions but still led 26-0.

Passerelli’s fumble recovery set up a 42-yard touchdown run by Davis Satterfield in the fourth quarter. Again, St. Joe’s failed on the conversion, but the score was 32-0.

The Cavaliers finally scored with 1:23 remaining.

Varsity Girls Tennis

The SJCS varsity girls tennis team lost a close non-region match on the road against Spartanburg Day School on Thursday, 5-4.

The Knights dropped to 3-1 overall. Next up is an away match against Region 1-2A foe Christ Church on Tuesday, followed by a non-region away match against Class 5A J.L. Mann on Wednesday.

SDS 5, SJCS 4
Singles
1-Kelly Killeen (SDS) d. Julia Jacques (SJ), 6-2, 6-4
2-Adrianna Delacruz (SJ) d. Mianna Converse (SDS), 1-6, 6-4, 1-0
3-Caroline Simon (SDS) d. Madison Patrick (SJ), 6-2, 6-0
4-Maggie Cobb (SDS) d. Charlotte Horin (SJ), 6-4, 7-5
5-Anna Grambling (SDS) d. Caroline Gallagher (SJ), 6-3, 7-6
6-Grace Eilers (SJ) d. Ella Grenoble (SDS), 6-2, 6-1
Doubles
1-Jacques/Delacruz (SJ) d. Killeen/Converse (SDS), 8-4
2-Simon/Grambling (SDS) d. Gallagher/Eilers (SJ), 8-6
3-Patrick/Michelle Pares (SJ) d. Grenoble/ Arden Harley (SDS), 8-3

JV Girls Tennis

The SJCS junior varsity team improved to 2-0 with a 6-0 victory over visiting Spartanburg Day School on Thursday.

Emily Mullins (No. 1), Meredith Wiper (No. 2), Jayne Womack (No. 3), Isabella Delacruz (No. 4) and Pryce Saad (No. 5) all won their singles matches, and Maggie Olewiler and Alexa San won their doubles match.

Girls Golf

Playing with a depleted lineup, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team had a rough outing Thursday, losing to Daniel (178) and Greer Middle College (179). SJCS shot 191.

Junior Emma Curran posted a 44 for the Knights (7-4), while junior Reagan Lillibridge shot 48. Freshman Marett Cole had a 48 and sophomore Caleigh Noonan had a 51.

The Knights have completed the busiest portion of their schedule. From here on, it will either be one match or tournament per week.

SJCS next plays Christ Church and Landrum at The Preserve on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Varsity Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team won on the road against Landrum 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 26-24) to improve to 4-0 in Region 1-2A.