SPARTANBURG — The SJCS Varsity football team scored on three of its first six plays from scrimmage and rolled to a 55-20 non-region victory over Spartanburg Christian Academy Friday night at the Upward Star Center.
Seven different players scored touchdowns for the Knights, who produced a season-high in points and improved to 3-1.
St. Joe’s scored on its second play from scrimmage when sophomore quarterback Jack Murphy, running an option play to the right, kept the ball and ran 54 yards for a touchdown. Matthew Hall’s point-after kick made it 7-0.
On the Knights’ next possession, senior Kyle Lonergan took a pitch running to his left and raced 61 yards for a touchdown. Hall’s conversion made it 14-0.
It took St. Joe’s three plays the next time it had the ball, with junior Harrison Scott scoring on a 52-yard dash. Hall’s PAT gave the Knights a 21-0 lead with 2:58 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors marched all the way to the Knights’ 4-yard line, but they fumbled and St. Joe’s recovered.
This time, the Knights needed six plays to travel the distance. Sophomore K.D. Boyd took a pitch moving to his right, took advantage of a beautiful block by senior wide receiver Andrew Walajtys and completed a 34-yard touchdown run.
Boyd scored again later in the quarter, capping an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Hall made his fifth straight PAT, and the Knights had a 35-0 advantage with 2:55 left in the half.
SCA moved into St. Joe’s territory again, but John Bynum halted the drive with an interception, giving him a pick in back-to-back weeks.
SCA took the second-half kickoff and once again made its way into SJCS territory before turning the ball over on downs at the 36.
St. Joe’s then began a 10-play drive that culminated with a 2-yard touchdown run by Johnny Jaraczewski. Hall’s kick made it 42-0.
The Warriors finally broke through late in the third quarter, scoring on a short touchdown run. Sophomore Chris Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to the SCA 35-yard line.
After Jaraczewski ran 25 yards, freshman Harrison Zinkann burst through the left side from 10 yards out for a touchdown. The kick was no good, and the score was 48-7 with 21 seconds to go in the third quarter.
SCA scored with 7:37 remaining. This time, Johnson went the distance on the kickoff return, zipping 72 yards down the left sideline. Senior Juan Gacha added the PAT, and it was 55-13.
The Warriors added a late touchdown, but the Knights had already secured their third victory. They will return to Region 2 play Friday when they play on the road against Landrum at 7:30 PM.