Second quarter surge lifts CHHS past St. James

Published 11:56 pm Friday, October 4, 2013

Charles Henderson rolled to another region win and improved to 6-0 (4-0) on the season with a 42-21 victory over the St. James School Trojans.

Josh Noel opened the scoring for our hometown Trojans in the first quarter with a 30-yard touchdown grab from Austin Ingram to make the score 6-0 in favor of Charles Henderson. Kicker Baylor Barnes failed to convert the extra point.

Charles Henderson quickly squandered the lead when Jonathan Robinson busted through the Henderson defense for an 84-yard touchdown run. The run was the third longest in St. James history. An extra point made the score 7-6.

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The last four minutes of the second quarter proved to be money time for the hometown Trojans as Henderson put three touchdowns on the board. John Johnson returned the lead to Henderson with an eight-yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion failed to put the score 12-7.

On the ensuing kickoff Marguis Simmons recovered a St. James fumble to put Henderson in prime field position. Ingram connected with Noel for the second time of the night on a 14-yard strike. The hometown Trojan finally converted a two-point conversion to stretch their lead to 20-7.

Ingram-to-Noel struck two minutes later on a nine-yard touchdown completion, and a Henderson two-point conversion made the lead 28-7 for Troy going into halftime.

Coming out of halftime, CHHS methodically pushed the ball down to the St. James four-yard line before giving the ball away on a fumble. The Henderson defense came up big a few plays later when Demario Harris intercepted a St. James pass and returned it 30 yards for another Trojan touchdown and a 35-0 lead.

Our Trojan defense came up big again on St. James’ next drive with Jermaine Parker recovering a fumble and returning it to the Montgomery Trojans’ 17-yard line.

With 56 seconds left in the half, Austin Ingram snuck the ball in to the end zone for another CHHS touchdown to make the score 42-7.

With the game firmly in hand, St. James tacked on two consolation touchdowns for a final of 42-21.

Charles Henderson stays on the road next week when they travel to Headland to take on the Rams in a Class 4A Region 2 matchup.