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Roundup: SJCS Middle School Team Blanks Sanders

The SJCS Middle School football team took advantage of a fumble and an onside kick and defeated visiting Sanders 22-0 on Thursday night.

John Eberstein, Jack Lurstang and John Campbell each scored a touchdown for the Knights, who improved to 2-3.

In the first quarter, Nick Passarello recovered a fumble, leading to Eberstein's 3-yard touchdown run. Eberstein also ran in for the two-point conversion, and St. Joe's had an 8-0 lead, a score that stood until halftime.

The Knights increased the margin in the third quarter when Lurstang scored on a 5-yard run. Hamp Renfrow added the conversion run, and it was 16-0.

St. Joe's regained possession by recovering an onside kick. That led to Campbell's 12-yard touchdown run. The conversion was no good, but the Knights had a 22-0 advantage.

The SJCS Middle School team will play in Columbia against Hammond next Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5:00 PM.

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JV Football

Chesnee took the lead midway through the fourth quarter and held on for a 22-21 victory over visiting St. Joe's in JV football action Thursday night.

The Knights dropped to 4-2 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Chesnee took the opening kickoff, kept the ball for more than six minutes and scored to take the lead, although the Eagles' two-point conversion try was no good.

The Knights began from their 44-yard line, and three running plays -- by Tradd Coulter, Josh Linebaugh and Hayes Roberts -- took the ball to the Chesnee 4.

From there, Cade Alt passed to Chase Kennedy for a touchdown. Linebaugh kicked for the point after, and St. Joe's was on top 7-6 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

Despite some nice defensive work by Kennedy, Hammond Fayssoux, Walker Jones and Gabe Granger, Chesnee pressed on and scored to regain the lead. The Eagles also made good on the two-point conversion, making it 14-7.

The Knights responded, with Linebaugh running 58 yards for a touchdown and then adding the PAT to even the score.

Matt Patterson recovered a Chesnee fumble on the Eagles' 45-yard line with 3:54 left in the half. The Knights picked up a couple of first downs but eventually turned the ball over on downs, and the score was 14-14 at halftime.

St. Joe's received the second-half kickoff. Roberts had a 23-yard run, and Alt passed to Coulter for 45 yards on fourth-and-11, but the drive resulted in a missed field goal attempt.

After the Eagles turned the ball over on downs, the Knights moved into Chesnee territory and Alt threw to Coulter in the right corner of the end zone -- a nice throw and an even better catch. Linebaugh's kick made it 21-14 with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Mills McCauley had a big hit on the kick returner, but Chesnee shook it off and produced a 54-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion to take a 22-21 lead with 7:48 left in the game.

The Knights had a fourth-and-13, but Alt's pass to Linebaugh was incomplete with 3:50 to go.

Linebaugh recovered a fumble on the Eagles' 39-yard line with 1:36 remaining, but on fourth-and-seven, Alt's pass to Linebaugh was broken up with 36 seconds left.

Varsity Volleyball

The SJCS Varsity volleyball team defeated host Landrum 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) in a Region 2-2A match on Thursday night.

The Knights improved to 9-0 and have clinched the region championship with one match remaining. They will host Blacksburg on Tuesday, and it will be Senior Night.

Against Landrum, Lillie Hecker and Emily Normand had 13 and 12 kills, respectively, and Maggie Patterson had 24 digs. Kimmie Thompson had 15 digs and 15 assists, Kate Lyons had 12 digs and Grace Dumont had 19 assists and 10 digs.