St. Ed’s Pirates topple Princeton Panthers 51-0

By Michael BieleckiSenior WR/RB Will Peckham ran for 182 yards and 2 TDs in leading St. Edwards to a 51-0 victory over Princeton Christian. The win pushes the Pirates to a 3-3 record, and drops the Panthers to 0-2.

SES gained 399 yards rushing for the day, with nearly 300 coming in the first half. They didn’t attempt a single pass. Pirates Coach Brad Fojtik showed his respect for the Panthers after the game. “Our boys know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of one of these losses,” said Fojtik. “It’s something we keep in mind when we are executing at will against an opponent. That said, it was good to see our team playing well and having fun out there.”

Fojtik played several players at alternate positions due to injuries, as he tried to get the most out of his talented core of seniors. Peckham, the team’s top receiver (173 yards receiving, 3 TDs), was shifted to RB out of necessity for the game and he picked up where fellow (injured) seniors Cameron Budde and Kollin Kite left off. Still hurting from an injury he sustained in the Warner Christian game, Kite (45 yards rushing) was only needed in spot duty against the out-manned Panthers. Senior DB Chris Barbato also saw some action at RB, and he scored all three times he carried the ball from 75, 3, and 1 yard out.

Fojtik was proud the way his team has responded after giving up over 50 points in each of the previous two contests. “This is a group of boys that lost so much their first three years here, and they came into this season ready to change that,” said Fojtik. “We needed a game like this to get back on track, and now we have a little momentum going back into District play.”

St. Edwards plays Calvary Christian at home this Friday at 7 p.m. The Eagles are 3-1, but dropped their last contest to Florida Air Academy 7-49. The Pirates have also lost to the Falcons this year, 52-10.

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