Houston's Ty Scheets, back, pulls down a second-quarter touchdown over St. James' Larry Karnes.

Ty Scheets’ big night pushed the Houston football team to the brink of their first win in two seasons. But like the previous 13 games, the Tigers came up just short.

Scheets hauled in 12 passes for 175 yards and two scores Friday night in a losing effort. St. James gained 256 yards via the ground and used a late defensive stand to defeat Houston 26-21.

Behind 20-13, the Tigers (0-4) marched the ball to the St. James 18-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. But a Justin Schmidt run gained zero yards and quarterback David Weybright, who threw for 316 yards, misfired on three consecutive passes.

St. James (1-3) scored on its next possession – enough cushion to hold the lead when Weybright hit Scheets for a 4-yard tochdown with 49 seconds left.

Houston was forced to take to the air as its running game struggled. The Tigers had just 40 yards on 24 carries, and Schmidt lost two fumbles in the first half.

Weybright connected on 25 of his 46 passes and had three scores, including a pair to Scheets and 33-yard strike down the middle to tight end David Foster. He also threw a costly interception that was returned 38 yards for a score on the second play of the third quarter.

Scheets pulled in a high-arching pass from Weybright over a defender to pull Houston within 7-6 in the second quarter. The extra point was blocked.

St. James returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards and scored three plays later for a 14-6 halftime advantage.

Chase Ford picked off Weybright’s first pass of the second half and raced 38 yards untouched to put St. James ahead 20-6.

St. James 7 7 6 6 — 26

Houston 0 6 7 8 — 21

First Quarter
SJ — Deluca 74 run (Hunter kick), 5:31.
Second Quarter
HOU — Scheets 21 pass from Weybright (kick failed), 7:50

SJ — Thomas 2 run (Hunter kick), 5:23.

Third Quarter
SJ — Ford 38 interception return (kick failed), 11:21.

HOU — Foster 33 pass from Weybright (Pierce kick), 2:05.

Fourth Quarter
SJ — Taft 2 run (kick failed), 2:52.

HOU — Scheets 4 pass from Weybright (Foster pass from Weybright), 0:49.

SJ HOU

First downs 12 15

Total yards 353 356

Rushes-yards 40-256 24-40

Passing yards 97 316

Comp-Att-Int 6-15-0 25-46-1

Punt returns 0 11

Kickoff returns 64 34

Sacked-yards lost 1-8 0-0

Punts-avg 4-41.8 6-25.8

Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-2

Penalties-yards 7-68 5-35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — St. James, Deluca 13-118, Mankin 6-73, Taft 13-40, Rodgers 3-4, Thomas 5-(minus-21). Houston, Weybright 5-20, Schmidt 14-17, Pounds 5-3.

PASSING — St. James, Thomas 6-15-0 97. Houston, Weybright 25-46-1 316. Foster 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING — St. James, Hunter 1-44, LKarnes 2-33, Taft 2-10, Ford 1-10. Houston, Scheets 12-175, Foster 3-57, Schmidt 3-32, Pounds 3-30, Wilson 2-13, Crawford 2-9.

MISSED FIELD GOALS — St. James, 26.

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