Students swarmed the bleachers, creating a sea of white T-shirts reading “Home of Men.” The sun beat down on the field, making for a beautiful day of football and a picture-perfect evening — at least for the Hermits.
Williamstown (1-0) traveled to Richland to take on St. Augustine Prep (1-1) in a highly anticipated rematch after the Hermits beat the Braves by 38 points last season. Friday night’s game was almost a rerun with St. Augustine winning, 45-7.
The Hermits, who have solidified an identity of having a run-first, ask- questions-later offense, went a little old-school to start. Senior wide receiver Xavier File had a 40-yard catch-and-run on an end-around from senior wide receiver/quarterback Shamere Collins to get to the Braves’ 26. True Robinson punched it in from the goal line to give St. Augustine a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes.
“We figured that they’d be geared up to stop the run, fired up early on,” said Hermits coach Pete Lancetta. “I thought we were fairly well-balanced to where we threw enough for people to have to defend our passing game. It’s just a numbers game, right?”
There was no turning back from here.
Of the Hermits’ eight possessions, six ended with touchdowns and one with a field goal. Junior defensive back Jaylen DeCoteau collected a 48-yard pick-six at the beginning of the second quarter to give St. Augustine a 21-0 lead.
Freshman back Patrick Smith started his Halloween decorating early by carving up the Williamstown defense, going for 154 yards and two scores on just 11 carries. Last week against Atlantic City, the player they call “Cheeks” ran for 152 yards on 13 touches.
“High school is so competitive, a lot more than little league,” said Smith. “My team was able to compete. Our line was able to compete against theirs. So, I mean, they gave us a good push and opened up the holes.”
Williamstown was able to get on the board in the fourth quarter, but the “Sweet Caroline” sing-along had already began to echo from the St. Augustine stands.
St. Augustine will host a conference game against Millville (2-0, 1-0) next Friday at 6 p.m.
Williamstown 0 0 0 7 7
St. Augustine 14 17 7 7 45
SA: True Robinson 1 run (Nate Fondacaro kick)
SA: Chris Allen 1 run (Nate Fondacaro kick)
SA: Jaylen DeCoteau 48 interception return (Nate Fondacaro kick)
SA: Patrick Smith 66 run (Nate Fondacaro kick)
SA: Nate Fondacaro kick SA: Shamere Collins 16 run (Greg Giangiulio kick)
WILL: Tyler Cunningham 57 catch (Nick Pomerleau kick)
SA: Patrick Smith 64 run (Greg Giangiulio kick)