St. Andrew’s topped Boca Raton Christian in high school football action thanks to standout performances from Jeremiah Young and Matthew James

BOCA RATON — The St. Andrew’s Scots used a dominant second quarter to pull away from the Boca Raton Christian Blazers Friday night, securing a 53-20 win at home.


Sophomore Matthew James led the way for the Scots (2-1) on both sides of the ball, accounting for three total touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving, and pulling down two interceptions.


Junior quarterback Jeremiah Young also accounted for a team-high five touchdowns as the Scots out-scored the Blazers 27-13 in the second period.


"We’re starting to click, we’ve been very successful running the ball and our goal today was to throw the ball around," said St. Andrew’s coach Jimmy Robertson. "We’ve got some great athletes on the outside and we’ve got to start getting Jeremiah into a rhythm."


"I think we’re a pretty darn good football team when that happens."


Friday’s action started slow. Three of the first four possessions ended in turnovers on downs and it was scoreless after a quarter.


St. Andrew’s broke the deadlock with a 10-play, 71-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by a 5-yard Jovan Joseph run. From there, the scoring came fast and furious.


The Blazers (1-2) answered the Scots’ score three plays later with a 53-yard pass from Miller Waid to Zach Norris on a play that looked destined for disaster. Waid bobbled the snap, but he was able to regain control and connect with Norris on a short screen pass to the left of the offensive line. Norris broke a tackle and raced to the end zone to give Boca Raton Christian its only lead of the night.


"We came out, went up 7-6 and then it just kind of unraveled from there and we couldn’t maintain it," said Boca Raton Christian head coach Clay Shiver.


St. Andrew’s regained the lead on the ensuing possession. Young set up a first-and-goal with a 20-yard pass to his brother, freshman Bill Young, before scoring on a six-yard quarterback sneak.


The Scots recovered an onside kick, setting up a 48-yard pass down the sideline from Jeremiah Young to Aaron Osouna to extend St. Andrew’s lead to 20-7.


After the St. Andrew’s defense forced a three-and-out, Young made it four straight possessions with a touchdown as the junior quarterback completed four passes for 45 yards, including a one-yard shovel pass to Daniel Brinzan for a touchdown.


Boca Raton Christian cut into the deficit on the last play of the half. With time winding down, a 34-yard, fourth-down pass to Malik Jeanlouis put the ball at 1-yard line. A spike with one second stopped the clock and Waid then scored on a quarterback sneak to make the halftime score 27-13.


"Miller really started to get into a rhythm, and that’s what we’ve been missing all season in our passing game, so if there is a bright spot it’s us getting into a rhythm where we can make some plays," said Shiver.


The Blazers seemed poised to close the gap on the first possession of the second half, stringing together a lengthy drive before James ended the threat with an interception, his second of the night.


"He’s a playmaker and I’ve been saying it since he came here as an eighth grader," said Robertson. "He’s had an interception in every single game, all three games we’ve played, and in the preseason game if you want to count that."


James came in at quarterback four plays later and had a 15-yard touchdown run to push the Scots' lead to 33-13.


After the Blazers turned the ball over on downs, St. Andrew’s continued to pull away as Jeremiah Young connected with James on a 19-yard touchdown pass.


The Blazers made a last-ditch effort, attempting an onside kick after Waid found Devin Lambert for a 14-yard passing touchdown that cut the Scots’ lead to 20. They weren’t able to recover and St. Andrew’s capitalized on the short field to seal the win on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Young to James.


The Scots, who are looking to break a decades-long playoff drought, have a bye next week.


Boca Christian will attempt to get back on track when they host Inlet Grove.


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