LANDRUM — Harrison Scott ran for four touchdowns, and the SJCS Varsity football team defeated Landrum 34-17 Friday night in a Region 2-2A game.
The Knights, leading 20-17 at halftime, scored the only points in the second half to record their third consecutive victory and improve to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the region.
Good starts have become the norm for the Knights, and they had another against the Cardinals, taking the opening kickoff and driving 72 yards in nine plays.
Mark Lyons ran for 29 yards on five carries and K.D. Boyd for 29 yards on two carries, and Kyle Lonergan had an 11-yard run. Scott covered the final 3 yards. The kick was no good, but St. Joe’s led 6-0.
Landrum began the back-and-forth portion of the scoring with a 73-yard march, adding the point-after kick to make it 7-6.
The Knights responded with a nine-play, 71-yard drive. Key plays included Jack Murphy’s 14-yard pass to Andrew Walajtys on third down, a 22-yard run by Scott and a 27-yard run by Lonergan that took the ball inside the 10.
Scott scored on a 4-yard run, and Matthew Hall’s kick gave St. Joe’s a 13-7 lead with 11:09 left in the second quarter.
Landrum struck quickly with a 75-yard touchdown pass and added the conversion kick. A Knights fumble led to a field goal for the Cardinals, who increased their lead to 17-13 with 8:15 remaining in the half.
After a nice kickoff return by Scott gave St. Joe’s possession at midfield, it took the Knights four plays to reach the end zone.
Lyons ran twice for 26 yards, and Scott ran 23 yards for the touchdown. Hall’s kick put St. Joe’s back in front, 20-17, with 6:24 left in the half.
Landrum had the ball first in the second half, and the Cardinals moved into St. Joe’s territory. But on third down, Ben Saunders and Mac McCauley broke through and made a stop behind the line.
Then on fourth-and-three from the SJCS 44, John Bynum and Johnny Jaraczewski teamed up to stop Landrum for a loss of 3.
The Knights took over on their 47 and in three plays reached the Cardinals’ 38-yard line. On third-and-11, Boyd took a pitching running to his right and threw to Lonergan for a 39-yard touchdown. Hall’s PAT gave St. Joe’s a 27-17 lead at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter.
Late in the game, a third-down sack by Christian Jimenez put Landrum in a hole, and the Cardinals turned it over on downs.
St. Joe’s moved 29 yards in five plays, and Scott scored on a 7-yard run with 59 seconds remaining. Hall added the PAT, and it was 34-17.
Landrum’s Ronnie Bellue was injured with 51 seconds left. After a long delay, he was taken from the field on a stretcher, and the game was stopped at that point, so the final was 34-17.
The good news, according to a Tweet on Saturday afternoon by Western North Carolina high school football color commentator Tanner Brookshire, was that Ronnie “had all his tests come back negative,” although he did have a concussion.
The Knights will be back at home this Friday night, taking on Carolina High at 7:30 PM. We will celebrate Military Knight and recognize the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve and keep our country safe.