St. Pat's had no trouble scoring on Friday in its 67-12 win over Bayard at Knights of Columbus Field.Brent Aufdenkamp, the St. Pat's defensive coordinator, said that the Irish just capitalized on Bayard's mistakes.
"Tonight, we were pretty opportunistic," said Aufdenkamp. "We took advantage of their miscues and the defense ended up scoring a lot of points."
Matthew Buhrman returned the opening kickoff to near midfield and on the second play from scrimmage, the senior scored on a touchdown run up the middle to put the Irish (3-0) on top.
After being stopped on their second possession, St. Pat's got good field position again after receiving a Bayard punt and that led to a four-yard touchdown run by Colin Pieper with a little under a minute and a half left in the first quarter that made it 14-0.
Then on the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Pieper got an interception off a deflected pass by Bayard quarterback Zac Rice at the 22.
But the Tiger defense held the Irish to a 37-yard field goal by Brandon Niesen and it was 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
With just over a minute into the second quarter, the Tigers (0-2) got on the board when Rice connected with Jadon Smith for a 71-yard touchdown. Rice was stopped on the two-point conversion and it was 17-6.
But St. Pat's answered back toward the end of the first half when Buhrman ran in a touchdown from one-yard out.
Then after pinning Bayard deep in its own territory, the Irish picked up a safety when Mark Mayfield and Henry Aufdenkamp sacked Rice in the end zone.
Mayfield, a junior linebacker, was a terror for Rice on Friday with two sacks outside of the one he shared with Aufdenkamp.
"The guys off the edge did a good job and they also did a good job on their stunts," Coach Aufdenkamp said. "We had a good pass rush."
On the ensuing possession after the free kick, Sean Keenan was intercepted and Bayard had a chance to get another score going into the half.
But on the last play of the half, Pieper got his second pick off of Rice on a pass over the middle and he took it the other way for a touchdown to make it 33-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter St. Pat's scored three touchdowns to make it 53-6 going into the fourth and the Irish tacked on two more touchdowns with the reserves getting some action.
"We've got some things we need to fix," said Aufdenkamp. "We're not happy about some of that. But we'll take the win."
Bayard 0 6 0 6 - 12
St. Pat's 17 16 20 14 - 67
SP-Matthew Buhrman 53 run (Brandon Niesen kick)
SP-Colin Pieper 4 run (Niesen kick)
SP-Niesen 37 field goal
B-Jadon Smith 71 pass from Zac Rice (conversion failed)
SP-Buhrman 1 run (Niesen kick)
SP-Safety, Rice sacked in end zone
SP-Pieper 63 interception return
SP-Buhrman 4 run (Niesen kick)
SP-Alex Harms 3 interception return (kick missed)
SP-Niesen 53 punt return (Niesen kick)
SP-Jacob Cook 25 pass from Harms (Niesen kick)
B-Allen Denton 10 pass from Cook (kick missed)
SP-Drew McClellen 44 run (McClellen kick)