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PRINCETON — Jack Brady and the St. Bede Bruins sure knew how to dampen the homecoming fire at Princeton Friday night.

The Bruins junior quarterback threw for a TD strike on the Bruins’ very first play of the game and would connect for three more scores to lead the Bruins to a 40-6 win at Bryant Field as the Bruins spoiled the PHS Homecoming.

“We played all right. We did what we had to do,” St. Bede coach John Bellino said. “(I) thought our offensive line played a little better tonight. Defensive played real well. They gave us the ball in great field position. (I) can’t say enough. The kids are playing hard right now and that’s all that counts.

“Princeton plays hard, they’re a lot bigger than we are. We were able to hold our own against them, and that’s important.”

The game was the very first meeting between the Bureau County rivals.

Brady, who has lived up to his surname this year now with 11 touchdown passes and more than 1,000 yards passing, hit Sam Halm for two scores in the second quarter. The first came at 11:12 mark to give the Bruins a 14-0 lead. The second, a 5-yard strike came with just 22.3 seconds to make it 20-0 at the half.

Bellino said it was important to take the early lead because the longer Princeton “would hang around the more confident they would get. We wanted to get out and get the lead and tonight we did.”

Brady connected for his fourth and final TD pass on a 9-yard toss to Justin Shaw early in the third quarter. He finished with 185 yards passing, completing 11 of 26 attempts.

Bailee Hopps, a sophomore from LaMoille ran in a 9-yard score at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter. Senior Michael Bellino took in an one-yard run and tacked on the conversion to evoke the running clock with the 6:22 to play in the third quarter with the Bruins leading 40-0.

Those PHS fans who stayed until the end were treated to a 70-yard TD romp by Jett Wedekind with 9:11 left to play in the fourth quarter. The homecoming fireworks display got to come out one more time.

“We finished on a high note. Just a little counter play, and he did a great job reading his blocks and taking it in,” PHS coach Jesse Snyder said.

“We’re seeing small success, we’ve got to continue to push for more. The kids know that. They hear that every week.”

Braidy Shipp had three interceptions for the Bruins, who shut down the Tigers passing game as quarterback Jake Reinhardt’s only reception going for a minus 4-yard loss.

J.J. Vaccarro and Ryan Grieff each had interceptions for the Tigers.

• Notes: Princeton won the sophomore prelim in an exciting overtime finish 17-14 on Tyler Hammitt’s 27-yard field goal. Each team got one possession starting at the 10-yard line in overtime and the Kittens kept the Cubs out of the end zone. Hammitt, a freshman, who just learned he would get the start at quarterback Thursday due an injury to sophomore QB Jack Bay, also scored a 25-yard run. Eric Bibula had 4-yard TD and Rossler a conversion. ... Seniors Lucas Bauer and Ashley Farraher were presented as Homecoming King and queen along with their court between games.

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