Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Ste. Genevieve Dragons Varsity Football team won their second straight road game, 55-33, against the Fredericktown Blackcats on Friday.
The Dragons came into this game off a win over Potosi on the road. They carried some of the momentum from that game over into this dominant effort over the Blackcats, as Ste. Gen had control of this game throughout.
Austin McBride started the scoring with a whopping 62-yard touchdown run. Then, the Boyer to Boyer connection started this game with a bang as well. Aiden Boyer found Zach Boyer on a 56-yard touchdown pass. They never looked back from there. McBride followed that up with a 39-yard touchdown run. Shortly after Aiden found Zach yet again, this time from 53 yards out for a touchdown.
Ste. Gen’s defense decided they’d like to score some points as well. Kaden Flye and Klayton Squires each had interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first quarter. The Dragons led 42-0 after just 12 minutes of play.
From the second quarter on, all Ste. Gen had to do was limit the damage. They scored another touchdown to start the second. This time it was Wyatt Springkamper that found pay dirt with his feet from 15 yards away. Fredericktown finally put themselves on the board when they punched in a rushing touchdown from the one-yard line late in the half. Then McBride took those points right back as he ended the first half with a 24-yard touchdown run that put his team ahead 55-6.
Ste. Gen wouldn’t score again, but they did have to limit the Blackcats comeback effort. Fredericktown put together three touchdowns in the third quarter that put a significant dent in the Dragons’ lead. They scored once more in the fourth but ultimately came up short. Ste. Gen secured the 55-33 victory and moved to 3-2 on the season.
Aiden Boyer completed three of his five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns landed in the hands of Zach Boyer who racked up 102 yards receiving. McBride was dominant throughout the game, carrying the ball five times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Springkamper carried the ball five times as well, which was good for 73 yards and a touchdown. Despite the win, the Dragons are still hungry to improve.
“I think I performed decently, but could’ve done better,” Springkamper said. “I feel confident moving forward and that our team will do very well.”
Aiden Trollinger led his team in tackles with six, while Jacob Johns was just behind with five tackles and a tackle for a loss. Thomas O’Brien had four tackles and a sack, and Flye and Squires both returned interceptions for touchdowns.
“I think when the ball was given to me I performed well and did what I needed to do,” Flye said. “I think moving forward the team will do well.”
The dominant effort puts the Dragons above .500 for the first time this season. They have improved tremendously over the last three games and are playing with confidence. Next Friday, October 1st, Ste. Gen will take on the Park Hills Central Rebels in Ste. Gen. This is going to be one of their toughest tests of the season. You can bet the Dragons will come ready to play.