ORLANDO — Senior fullback Cameron Budde ran for 103 yards and 2 TDs as St. Edward’s routed Central Florida Christian, 47-6.
The Pirates scored 41 unanswered points through the first three quarters before yielding the lone Eagle TD with 9:36 left to play St. Edwards finished the year 5-5, showing a marked improvement over last year’s 3-7 record. Budde’s 9 TDs on the year led the team for the second straight year, as he helped usher in a new era for Pirates football.
Pirates Coach Brad Fojtik spoke highly of his team leader after the game.
“Cam is a special player and an even better kid,” said Fojtik. “There’s no doubt that he will be a really good college fullback, and no doubt that he will be missed everywhere. He blocks like a guard and runs real well. We were a different team without him when he was out, and was an impact player even when he played hurt.”
The defense was dominant against the Eagles, as they allowed only 58 yards rushing. Most of Central Florida’s 120 passing yards came late, when the game’s outcome was no longer in question.
Fojtik also pointed to the importance of having last week off for his team.
“We got to heal some injuries and work improving some little things,” said Fojtik. “Working on special teams extra paid off this week, and we ended the season playing great football. This group of seniors is a special group of kids to me. They took their licks for a few years and were thrown into the fire as freshmen and sophomores. These young men went through it all with me on the football field, and now they will go off to college and make us all proud.”