GREENVILLE — It took 40 years for St. Joseph Fighting Irish and Washington School Generals to schedule a game against each other.
It took only one half to see which was the better team in 2010.
The Generals (5-3, 3-1 Division) scored on every first half possession en route to a 49-7 victory Friday night over the Fighting Irish (1-7, 1-3 Division) in the first-ever meeting between the two private schools — located less than three miles apart.
Tailgating, fireworks and a special presentation of the game ball by a helicopter highlighted the much-anticipated showdown.
But Washington quarterback Eric Brozovich and the Generals were the main attraction once the game kicked off in front of an estimated crowd of 3,000.
Brozovich finished 9-of-10 for 151 passing yards and six touchdowns (one rushing).
“We played together as a team and everybody did their part,” said Brozovich.
St. Joe coach John Baker said he knew his squad would need an all-out effort to defeat a Washington School team that is now riding a five-game winning streak, and has scored at least 35 points in those victories.
“I kind of knew going into (the game) that they had a lot of offensive firepower,” said Baker. “They can run the ball real good, and they can throw.
“They kind of exposed our secondary a little bit.”
Washington forced St. Joe to punt on their first six possessions, before Fighting Irish fullback David Motten muscled in their lone touchdown from five yards out with 25 seconds remaining before halftime.
Brozovich threw four first half touchdowns to help the Generals capture a 42-7 lead at the break.
Dylan Elkins caught a 35-yard touchdown from Brozovich on Washington School’s first second half possession to cap off the Generals’ scoring.
Read Kelly and Andrew Steinle each had a touchdown reception. Hayden Lewis added two receiving touchdowns.
Lea Turner (83 rushing yards) chipped in a second quarter rushing touchdown. Ryan Gober led the way with 95 rushing yards for the Generals.
Washington outgained St. Joe 391 to 205.
Motten, Hunter McGaugh, Chris Taylor and J'Daylan Jackson led St. Joe’s rushing attack. Jackson also added two late-game catches for 52 yards.
Despite the loss, Baker said he was glad to see such a large crowd out to support the teams.
“The crowd support was tremendous. They stayed behind our boys through thick and thin,” he said.
Said Washington School coach Phillip Wasson, “The crowd was amazing. I think that'll happen every year.”
Next year's game will be at Washington School.