St. Patrick Academy broke a 23-game losing streak Friday night in a dramatic 33-6 victory at home against Mount Olive.
Third-year Head Football Coach Jim Bloomfield said he is proud of his team.
“It has just been a lot of hard work,” Bloomfield said of the Fighting Irish’s first win in three season. “The kids played really hard tonight.”
Mount Olive got on the scoreboard first, and it was not until the second quarter when St. Patrick got on the board when Robert Starks scored on an 18-yard touchdown reception from Carson Bishop.
Presley Harrison was good on the PAT, putting the score at 7-6 early in the second quarter.
St. Patrick’s second score came late in the second quarter on a 33-yard Bishop-to-Logan Young touchdown. The PAT was no good, so the score was 13-6, until Bishop broke free for a 31-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter. The PAT was no good, so the score at halftime was 19-6.
Bishop scored again in third quarter with a 24-yard touchdown run, and Chris Collins was good for the PAT making the score 26-6 going into the fourth quarter.
Bloomfield said the Fighting Irish milked the clock in the fourth quarter, holding Mount Olive until, with about three minutes left on the clock, they started running the option up the middle with Austin Schepens, who broke loose for a 75-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds left on the clock. Collins was good on the PAT for a 33-6 victory.
“A lot of it was that we executed well,” Bloomfield said of the victory. “We did not turn the ball over — no turnovers. They had several turnovers, and we were able to win the turnover battle and run the football. It took a little while to work it out in the third and fourth quarter.”
When the final horn blew, Bloomfield described the scene as “Very electric! The excited crowd of students and faculty met midfield and prayed, thanked God for the blessing, a lot of blessing. It is a little different feeling. We want to enjoy the win, be humble, but it is still a hard-earned thing. It is a lot harder to win than to lose, and stay humble in victory.”
Bloomfield said his team played hard and deserved the win.
“The past two years have been hard on the kids, and us and the staff,” Bloomfield said. “It’s about loving kids and teaching them to never quit. Always come out and work hard. It is good to get a win. Our kids deserved it. We needed it.”