Lightning was striking in more ways than one Friday.
At Saint James a lightning delayed senior night did not prevent the Trojans from claiming their first region win of the season with a 38-14 victory over Bullock County at Carlisle Field. But the real lightning was on the field came in the form of the Trojans Cosner Harrison.
Prior to the 2020 season Harrison collected less than 100 yards in his varsity career. In Friday night’s game Harrison nearly tripled that amount.
Harrison was busy right off the bat and carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards and scored both Trojans touchdowns in the first half. The first scoring effort by Harrison was a touchdown at 1:27 in the first quarter after a drive of 55 yards.
Bullock County mishandled a punt and set the Trojans up in good field position at the Hornets 35 yard line midway in the second period. After a handful of plays Harrison was in the end zone again after a short run from the one yard line.
The final drive in the first half was highlighted key passes from quarterback K.J. Jackson to Cooper Wright. The Trojans effort stalled but Holt Harrison drilled a 41 yard field goal with 29 seconds remaining in the half to give Saint James a 17-0 lead at intermission.
Bullock County came alive in the second half with an eight play, 71 yard drive to open the third period and cut the deficit to 17-6. But the Hornets revival was short lived as Harrison zipped 64 yards on the next Trojans possession for a touchdown and Saint James led its region rival 24-6. “That was a concern when they came out and scored so quickly. We were kind of sluggish at the start of the second half, and the first half also. But the guys came out of it fine. I think the big thing for us was answering their score with one of our own. That seemed to set the tempo for us and we just wanted to control the game and the clock after that,” Saint James coach Jimmy Perry said.
Harrison wasn’t finished. On the Trojans next possession Harrison carried the ball on five of seven plays and scored again with slightly more than a minute remaining in the third period. The big play of the drive was a run for 20 yards by Will Wales.
Saint James didn’t wait long to drive another nail in the Hornets coffin. Granger Hicks pounced on a Bullock County fumble and the Trojans set up shop on the Hornets 33 yard line. After an incomplete pass Harrison carried the ball three consecutive times with the last carry resulting in a touchdown from the five yard line. After the extra point Saint James led 38-6 very early in the fourth quarter.
Harrison called it a night after his fifth touchdown and retired to the bench after collecting 248 yards on 30 carries. His five touchdowns in a single game tied an all-time Saint James record. “He is very durable. And we need to throw the ball better to keep the secondary off of him,” Perry said of Harrison. “Tonight he ran the ball very well. He made good decisions. He ran the ball north and south and he didn’t turn the ball over. You can’t ask much more of a young running back.”
Bullock County scored with 13 seconds remaining in the game.
K.J. Jackson tossed the first interception of his career but was 4 of 9 for 62 yards. Wales carried the ball three times for 33 yards, Clint Houser picked up 15 yards on five carries. Malik Melton led the Trojans defense with 9 tackles. The Trojans gained 362 yards in total offense.
Saint James, now 2-1 and 1-1 in the region, will travel to Andalusia to face Straughn next week for the school’s 500th varsity football game. Bullock County, now 1-2 and 0-1 in the region, will play Booker T. Washington.