St. Patrick-St. Vincent High football takes victory over Berean Christian – Times-Herald
In a sense, the St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s high school football team must feel like a tourist traveling overseas to watch Bruce Springsteen perform a five-song concert. Oh sure, there are highlights, but they’re not happy.
The Bruins won their home opener of the season against Berean Christian, 35-18, thanks to a strong performance from quarterback Wyatt Smith, who threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 161 yards and a another score.
However, the score was once 35-0 in favor of St. Pat’s, leaving head coach Lane Hawkins disappointed with how the Bruins played in the fourth quarter.
“We always play ourselves and we let it go in the second half. So I’m disappointed with that and the indiscipline we had,” Hawkins said. “It’s not about the dashboard. It was fourth down and there were still a few yards to go with two minutes left in the third quarter and we have a 35-0 lead and we have a rude passer call. And that brings us to now play the fourth quarter. It’s not a running clock, so the match should have lasted more than 14 minutes before. We were in control.
“It’s our first game and it’s a win and in the history books it will go down as a win, which is good,” Hawkins continued. “But when I think about the way we played, it’s a disappointment. We’ll end up putting it together. I want them to appreciate that to some extent, but I want them to know there’s more. We have to play our standard. It doesn’t matter who we play, we have to play our standard. In the fourth quarter, we lowered the standard. Good teams finish games. We haven’t finished this game.
In the first half, however, the Bruins could not have been wrong. Aderion Prater scored on a two-yard run with 4:18 left in the first quarter to give his team a 7-0 lead.
A few minutes later, the Bruins scored again, this time on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Brenden Swin to make it 15-0.
The goal production continued early in the second quarter when Smith faked a handoff and then took the ball down the middle for a 77-yard touchdown run.
“Of course he’s one of the leaders of the team,” Hawkins said. “He’s called Captain America to us for a reason. It’s his second year leading the system, so he knows it.
Berean Christian looked to take the lead with a drive late in the second quarter that lasted about five minutes. The Eagles got a first goal from the one-yard line and looked set to score. However, the Bruins defense held firm and stopped Berean Christian on four straight plays and got the better of the tries.
“During this series, we fought,” said Hawkins. “The fight was good. Penetration of the defensive line was good. Whenever you’re on the goal line in this situation, you want to do one of two things: you want to get penetration, and if you can’t get penetration, you want to have stacks. »
Just a play later, St. Pat’s was the school of brotherly love, celebrating Wyatt Smith’s 99-yard pass to his younger brother, second Bo Smith. Wyatt said it was his first time playing a college game with Bo.
“I trust my brother a lot,” Wyatt said. “I saw they were playing cover 2 and I felt Bo was fast enough to beat safety. I rolled because I was under pressure. I saw him deep and he was wide open and I threw the ball down the field. It felt so good to do that. I said to him, ‘Hey man, we have to have our party.’
The score was 29-0 at halftime, but not for long. The Bruins added to that total in the third quarter when Prater had his second rushing touchdown of the night, this time from 13 yards.
And then the Bruins seemed to run out of gas.
With St. Pat’s just moments away from stopping on defense and starting the fourth quarter with a 35-point lead and one clock, the Bruins took a personal foul penalty, breathing new life into the Eagles. Nassir Pitters scored on a one-yard touchdown run and just like that, any thought of a running clock was stopped.
In the fourth quarter, Berean Christian continued to progress. Pitters scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass, then again on a 99-yard reception – to make it 35-18. The Stoners finished with 103 receiving yards.
Still, Wyatt Smith says the team needs to play better next week against Castlemont on Saturday.
“Coach told us there were a lot of things we need to work on,” Wyatt Smith said. “In defence, there were a lot of incidents and a lot of bad formations that we were in. In attack, we also need to improve.”