SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS FOOTBALL TEAM REMAINS UNBEATEN

Brayden Renfrow ran for two touchdowns and threw for a score, and the SJCS middle school football team remained unbeaten with an 18-6 victory over visiting Glenview Thursday night.

On the game’s third play from scrimmage, Renfrow connected with Harrison Zinkann for 45 yards, moving the ball deep into Yellow Jackets territory. But the drive stalled and the Knights (4-0) turned the ball over on downs.

The visitors from Anderson converted a first down but then fumbled and the Knights recovered, and the first quarter ended with the teams scoreless.

In the second quarter, the Knights’ Johnny Jaraczewski ran for first downs on consecutive carries, bringing the ball deep into Jackets territory. Renfrow ended the drive by plunging into the end zone from a few yards out. The two-point conversion pass attempt was unsuccessful, and the Knights led 6-0.

After Glenview was forced to punt, Jaraczewski’s running led the Knights into Glenview territory, and Renfrow once again capped the drive with a short touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, with Renfrow’s pass being tipped by the Jackets’ defensive front. Nonetheless, St. Joe’s had a 12-0 lead.

A formidable running attack led the Jackets to the Knights’ 6-yard line with eight-tenths of a second left in the first half. From the shotgun formation, Glenview attempted a fade route in the corner of the end zone, but Zinkann and Brayden Johnson combined to break up the pass and see to it that the Knights had a 12-0 halftime advantage.

The Jackets took possession at midfield to begin the third quarter after a failed onside kick attempt by the Knights, but St. Joe’s took over on downs. The Knights pulled out most of their playbook on an impressive drive that mixed running and passing and included a halfback pass.

Renfrow hooked up with Zinkann for a 30-yard touchdown, and although the Knights once again failed on the conversion attempt, they led 18-0.

With 2:17 left in the third quarter, Glenview scored on a slant pass from the Knights’ 17. After an unsuccessful two-point attempt, the score was 18-6.

The fourth quarter was marked by a strong Jackets running game, but the Knights’ responded with a bend-but-don’t-break effort and held on for the victory.

St. Joe’s will try to make it five consecutive victories when it hosts the Anderson Cavaliers on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Volleyball

The SJCS volleyball team completed its regular season with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-10) victory over visiting Christ Church on Thursday night.

The Knights, who won the Region 1-2A championship with a 13-1 record, are 24-12 overall. They will host a first-round playoff match on Wednesday, Oct. 23, which will also be Senior Night.

Against Christ Church, the Knights were led by sophomore Maja Hawthorne, who had 14 kills (hitting .455), five digs and one ace. Sophomore Maggie Patterson added 11 kills, eight digs and two aces, and freshman Emily Normand had 10 kills and led the team with three aces.

Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had a double-double with 34 assists and 19 digs, and senior Emma Martin had 11 digs, four assists and two aces.

The team had 10 aces and 57 digs.

Girls Golf

Led by sophomore co-captain Caleigh Noonan, the SJCS girls golf team won a tri-match against Greenville High and Travelers Rest Thursday at Greenville Country Club’s Riverside course.

Noonan shot a 41 to lead the Knights (13-5) to a 176 total. Host Greenville posted a 191, and Travelers Rest shot 251.

Junior Emma Curran and junior co-captain Kaitlyn Dumit shot 44 and 45, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole posted her best-ever match score of 46.

St. Joseph’s next plays Monday in the Region 1-2A tournament at Carolina Springs. The following week the Knights will play in the Upper State qualifier. The 3A state tournament is set for Oct. 28-29 at Coastal Carolina University’s Hackler Course in Conway.