St. James upset in district football opener
District play opened with a shocker for St. James Academy football on Thursday. After starting the season 6-0 and being one of the final three 4A football teams left unbeaten, St. James hosted Spring Hill Thursday to kick off a slate of three district games in which the Thunder figured to be heavy favorites.
Try telling the Broncos.
Spring Hill (3-4) jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a 41-12 victory. Spring Hill kept St. James (6-1) off the board until quarterback Jansen Keyes ran in a three-yard touchdown with 1:37 left in the third quarter. Alex King ran in the Thunder’s only other score. Five Thunder players attempted passes on Thursday, but the Broncos limited St. James’ passing attack to just 90 total yards. Keyes led with 38 yards, completing 6-of-9 attempts with two interceptions.
Three St. James players rushed for at least 50 yards, led by Jake Bade’s 58 yards on 13 carries. But it was Spring Hill that handled the bulk of the running on Thursday, piling up 384 total yards on the ground.
St. James will look to bounce back next Friday at Bonner Springs.
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