Last year, on a gloomy, rainy day, the varsity football team traveled to Baltimore Lutheran and left as 37-7 victors. Saturday, the Wolves were aiming for two in a row over the Saints.
The game was only in doubt for the opening minutes when it was scoreless. In a flash, Brandon Perroots ran for a touchdown, and while the extra point was no good, the Wolves would not look back. Just moments later, Perroots ran for another touchdown, and DJ Stefonsky was on the receiving end of a pass to convert for two points. The Wolves were already up 14-0.
If the game wasn’t all but over by the end of the first quarter, it most certainly was by the end of the second. JP exploded for five (5, cinco) touchdowns in the quarter. Michael Horan ran for two, DJ Stefonsky returned a punt 50 yards for a TD, and Robby Harper and Steve Steenson added rushing touchdowns of their own. All in all, it was 49-0 in favor of St. John Paul the Great when the game reached the halfway mark.
With the result not in doubt, the starters for JP returned to the field in casual clothes without their pads. It was time to turn the game over to players who work hard in practice but may not see the field much when it comes to games. The second half saw the Wolves score only one touchdown, compared to the seven scored in the previous half. The lone touchdown was the first career varsity touchdown by freshman Ethan Bigbee on a 67 yard run. In the fourth quarter, with the Wolves now leading 56-0, Baltimore Lutheran finally got on the board, scoring their first touchdown of the day. However, the extra point was no good. The game ended in a decisive 56-6 victory in favor of John Paul.
Next week should prove to be a different story. On Friday night under the lights at 7, football travels across the county to take on Brentsville. Besides the Ireton game, which is the final game of the regular season, Brentsville should be the most hyped and exciting game of the year. Last year, a sizeable amount of students attended the game and saw the Wolves come out victorious. Hopefully this year, the JP student section at Brentsville will be even bigger and louder than it was last year.
On the day, a total of 12 different players were given the chance to rush the ball. Michael Horan led the way with 88 yards on the ground. Brandon Perroots had 78 to go along with 2 touchdowns. DJ Stefonsky had an interception to go along with his punt return touchdown, and ended with 110 all purpose yards. Seven Wolves scored touchdowns, and nine players scored points, including the two kickers. It was an all around effort in a dominating win by the Wolves on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at John Paul.