ALBANY -- For all that went wrong for the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High football team in its opener last week, the Bruins sure made up for it on Friday by beating Albany 43-0 in a nonleague game.
The Bruins (1-1) got shut out in its home opener against San Marin, but scored five touchdowns against Albany (0-2), with two of them coming on interception returns. St. Pat's quarterback Anthony Williams racked up 251 passing yards and threw two touchdown passes.
"The opener was hard because you go up against a tough opponent in the opener," said Bruins first-year coach Brennan Marion. "I knew that wasn't our team that night so it's great so see the real St. Pat's team tonight."
St. Pat's took a 16-0 lead into the half thanks to stellar defense. In the first quarter, Chris Stinchcomb picked off Albany quarterback Nick Sternad for a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown, followed by Anthony Rapolla's two-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead.
The Bruins' defense nearly broke in the second quarter when it kept on giving Albany field position.
The Cougars started on their own 40 when the Bruins gave them 15 yards on a personal foul penalty. Jalen Canty nearly bailed out the Bruins by sacking Sternad to help force the three-and-out, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave Albany the first down.
The Cougars entered the red zone on yet another penalty when Albany running back Jack Johnson was hit in the backfield, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty put them inside St. Pat's 20-yard line. Marquis Perrilliat made up for all the mistakes by picking off Sternad with 44 seconds left in the half.
"Defense wins championships," Marion said. "We had two defensive touchdowns then the offense started to feed off the momentum."
The Bruins' offense clicked after that.
Justin Marion took the handoff 34 yards to open the Bruins next possession then Williams hit Perrilliat for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion made it 16-0.
Williams got hot in the second half, while the defense continued its ball-hawking ways.
He hit Canty for an 80-yard touchdown bomb, then Wesley Galloway picked off another Sternad pass for a 27-0 lead.
Ivan Hudson caught a 70-yard touchdown pass for Williams' second of the night and a 37-0 lead in the third quarter, then Marion capped scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.