Gaels travel to Buffalo and rout Bishop O’Hara, 40-8

In its season-opening loss to St. Mary’s-Ryken, last weekend, the sixth-ranked Mount St. Joseph football team started slowly before waging a furious second half rally that fell just short.

In game two, Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, New York, against Cardinal O’Hara (NY), the Gaels started very fast and never stopped, in claiming a 40-8 victory over their hosts.

After visiting Niagra Falls on Friday, the St. Joe offense gushed with the similar fury on Saturday as freshman quarterback Billy Atkins threw four touchdown passes, including three to Maurice Nelson, to key the victory.

Matthew McDonald hauled in Atkins first TD throw to start the scoring in the opening quarter and Marlow Wax gave the Gaels a 14-0 first quarter lead with a 1-yard TD burst.

Before the first half concluded, Atkins connected with Nelson for scoring throws of 10 and 15 yards and the pair connected again, early in the third quarter, for 40 yards, to give the Gaels a commanding 33-0 lead.

Backup quarterback Nate Reese added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Crawley, in the fourth quarter, before O’Hara finally got on the board.

Next week the Gaels will take on the challenge of DC power Good Counsel.

Pictured above: The Mount St. Joseph Gaels huddle with their coach Rich Holzer following Saturday’s win over Cardinal O’Hara in Buffalo, NY.