Austin Spencer passed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and Nick Jordan played a starring role on defense as John Bapst pulled away to a 40-0 homecoming victory over Washington Academy of East Machias in an LTC football clash at Cameron Stadium on Saturday night.
Brad DeCesere and Andrew Catlin each scored twice for John Bapst, now 3-0. WA dips to 0-3.
John Bapst led just 7-0 at halftime, but a 65-yard touchdown pass from Spencer to Catlin just 59 seconds into the third quarter gave the Crusaders a quick dose of momentum en route to a run of 33 unanswered points after intermission.
“I tried to tell our kids that we can’t just show up and expect to win and go through the motions and hope it happens,” said John Bapst coach Dan O’Connell. “We’ve got to come out and impose our will and make plays because that’s what we do and take advantage of all of our options and play hard.
“I’m not sure this was an effort issue more than it was a celebratory homecoming fiesta-type hangover. Things have been going pretty well for us, but it was good to get a punch in the mouth, so to speak, and have to respond. I think the way the kids played showed that we’ve learned our lesson.”