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SJCS Varsity earns Military Night win over Chesnee

Harrison Scott began the scoring with a short touchdown run and ended it by nearly traveling the length of the field.

The two touchdowns were just enough to help the SJCS Varsity football team defeat visiting Chesnee 14-7 Friday night and remain unbeaten in Region 2-2A.

Scott finished with 17 carries for 194 yards for the Knights, who improved to 6-1 overall. They have a quick turnaround this week; St. Joe's will play on the road Thursday night against Legion Collegiate Academy at FUSE District Stadium in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Against Chesnee, the Knights received the opening kickoff and quickly marched into Eagles territory. They had fourth-and-15 from the 20-yard line, but Walker Wood hit Brayden Renfrow, who made a leaping catch at the 4.

On the next play, Scott ran up the middle for a touchdown, capping an 11-play, 67-yard drive. Lily VanPelt added the point after, and St. Joe's led 7-0.

Chesnee moved all the way to the Knights' 16 late in the half, but Mac McCauley's interception halted the drive.

The Eagles were on the move again early in the third quarter, and Jayden Gossett ran 6 yards for a touchdown. The PAT pulled Chesnee even with 7:34 left in the quarter.

Early in the fourth, the Eagles had fourth-and-goal at the Knights' 2-yard line. St. Joe's came up big, stuffing the ball carrier less than a yard shy of the goal line.

The Knights dug out of the hole, but a penalty set them back again. On second-and-20 from the 10-yard line, Scott burst up the middle, shook off a defender in the secondary and raced to the end zone. His 90-yard run and VanPelt's kick gave St. Joe's a 14-7 lead with nine minutes remaining.

With a couple minutes to go, Chesnee had a first down at the Knights' 49, but Johnny Jaraczewski sacked the quarterback for a 7-yard loss.

An incomplete pass and a low snap that led to a 4-yard loss left the Eagles with a fourth-and-21, with 42 seconds left. With another incomplete pass, St. Joe's sealed its sixth victory.

Jaraczewski and McCauley each had eight tackles for the Knights, C.J. Sahlman had seven and Tommy Sullivan had six.

The Knights have held four of their seven opponents to seven points or fewer, and they are allowing an average of just 10.7 points per game.


This past Friday, St. Joe’s also celebrated the school’s ninth annual Military Night.

The Honorary Captain for the Knights was Rear Admiral Harry Rittenour USN, Retired. Harry grew up in Southern Ohio and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1968.

He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969. He served in several attack squadrons flying A-7 jet aircrafts from the decks of five different aircraft carriers. He served two tours in Vietnam, as well as tours in Japan, the Middle East and the Pentagon. Harry retired from active duty in 1997. 

We thank Harry and all of the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve and keep our country safe!!




SJCS     7 - 0 - 0 - 7 -- 14
BLACK  0 - 0 - 7 - 0 -- 7

First Quarter
SJ-Harrison Scott 4 run (Lily VanPelt kick)

Third Quarter
CH-Jayden Gossett 6 run (Layden Thompson kick)

Fourth Quarter
SJ-Scott 90 run (VanPelt kick)

RUSHING: SJ-Harrison Scott 17-194, Chris Johnson 3-37.

PASSING: SJ-Wood 1-3-0 16.

RECEIVING: SJ-Brayden Renfrow 1-16.

TACKLES (Solos-Assists): SJ-Johnny Jaraczewski 6-2, C.J. Sahlman 5-2, Mac McCauley 4-4, Joe Patterson 3-1, Scott 2-2, Tommy Sullivan 2-4, Cannon Jackson 1-2, K.J. Haynes 1-1, John Bynum 1-1, Trey Sanders 0-1.