RUTHERFORD – There was plenty of talk about the relative lack of scoring for St. Mary’s football team and also for the team not to get too overconfident last week.
The Gaels football team was looking at breaking out offensively and to also not get caught at looking past Bogota, Saturday’s opponent.
After averaging 46 points in the first three weeks, the St. Mary offense had been relatively limited to 24 points the last three weeks including scoring 19 in a 19-14 win over Hasbrouck Heights the previous week.
And also Bogota, possibly looking ahead to the game against St. Mary, was stunned by then winless Wood-Ridge, 26-23, in two overtimes, also the previous week.
The Gaels made sure that there would be no letdown on Saturday as they came out like gangbusters in Bogota in a battle for first place in the NJIC Patriot Division.
“It was definitely the talk this week that coaches said that we needed to come out hard from the start,” said St. Mary senior running back/cornerback Keon Banks who had three touchdowns.
And Banks as well as the rest of the St. Mary’s team point to play of the offensive line including senior Nick Kovacs.
“From day one we are not the biggest line and we’re going to have to outwork the opposition,” said Kovacs.
Banks has had a big season and had a big day against the Bucs including 204 yards on the ground. The senior back gave all the credit to his offensive line. “I definitely just stay behind them and they open up the holes for me,” said Banks.
The Gaels would go on to a 41-0 victory in the NJIC Patriot Division game.