PRINCETON — The rebuilding project of the Princeton Tigers football program took same baby steps Friday night at Bryant Field.
The host Tigers played Sherrard to a 14-0 game late in the third quarter before the visiting Tigers scored twice late on the way to a 36-6 win in the Three Rivers South Division opener for both teams.
"We're coming along way since Morrison," PHS senior Logan Wilde said. "Coach told us we all grew some and we hit some kids tonight. I mean, we all got to step up and we had some guys step up tonight, but we've got to have 11 guys on the ball at all times."
"Small successes, one quarter at a time," PHS coach Jesse Snyder said. "We did some good things. We've just got to fight for those good things consistently. That happens with what we're doing in practice. Continuing to build that work ethic in practice and create more of the positives than the little mistakes we make."
Sophomore Jett Wedekind got Princeton on the board late when he got in the jet stream down the right sidelines for a 60-yard romp with 3:42 left in the game. It's a play the Tigers will look to build on heading into next week's Homecoming game vs. St. Bede.
"Oh man, that's a confidence booster. Not just for him, but the whole team," Wilde said. "It shows we can do it, we just got to do it consistently ... we've got to play four quarters next week."
"It was very important," Snyder said. "The kids continue to play the entire game and that's what we preach all the time, no matter what the scoreboard says and continue to fight."
A year ago, Sherrard rode the right arm of quarterback Clayton Bjustrom, who threw for 341 yards and eight TDs. This year, with Bjustrom back behind center, Sherrard has a more diversified offense. Bjustrom threw for 178 yards and two TD passes. They also rushed for 215 yards.
"Just getting the athletes the ball," Bjustrom said.
The PHS defense shut Sherrard out in the first quarter. Sherrard broke through on a 33-yard run by Dwight Swartz on their first play of the second quarter. They tacked on a 14-yard TD pass to Jake Kissner to go up 14-0 at the half.
Sherrard scored twice in the final 41.7 seconds in the third quarter on a 61-yard pass and a 40-yard run by Swartz.
• Tiger tales: The PHS sophomores improved to 2-1 with a 14-0 win. Eric Bibula had two TDs and Austin Rossler a conversion run. The Tigers welcome St. Bede for Homecoming next week. ... Former Tiger Kirk Stevens, a member of the 1989 State runners-up, was at the game in town for the Homestead Festival. He's a minister in Madison, Wis.