SUAMICO — Check out Bay Port’s first three games and it appears the Pirates have ran away with three wins, having won each game by at least 21 points.
Bay Port, ranked No. 6 in the FOX 11 Top 11 poll, looks like the team to beat in the Fox River Classic Conference, and even this week’s opposing coach, Notre Dame’s John Nowak agreed, saying he’s basically seeing every conference team on film and “they’re class of the conference.”
Players are aware but not concerning themselves with winning a conference title just yet.
"It's it in the back of our minds, but we really don't really think about it,” offensive lineman Jake Busch said. “We just take one week at a time, take one game at a time, work hard and see if we can win them."
Bay Port coach Gary Westerman said it was neat people considered Bay Port a frontrunner to win the FRCC before the season kicked off, but he’s not blowing his horn about this team’s start.
"In terms of the scoreboard, yeah, you look up and you think everything's good, but we got a lot of things to clean up and a lot better as a football team to be our best,” Westerman said. “We just focus on being our best and what we can do and we're not there yet."
Every coach is his team’s worst critic, but Bay Port has been pretty good. It has won games by scores of 40-0, 56-7 and 42-21 and is averaging 46 points per game.
The Pirates are scoring behind quarterback Alec Ingold, who last year as a running back rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He made the switch to quarterback, a position he played growing up, and has done well.
Last week, he threw for 183 yards after combining for 104 yards in the first two games.
“Every year when your seniors leave you just wonder how you’re going to piece a team back together, but it happens,’ Westerman said. “Our kids are really playing hard, Alec is developing as a quarterback, our offensive line has come along and the kids believe and continue to grind.”
Bay Port grinded a little last week, when it trailed Pulaski, 14-6 at halftime. The second half was a different story as the Pirates outscored their rival, 36-7. Maybe it wasn’t a complete game, but the final two quarters were awful good.
“We turned the ball over in the first half,” Westerman said. “That hurt us; we gave up big plays on defense, that hurt us. We limited that in the second half and that was really the difference-maker.”
Westerman knows his team will have to pick up where it left off Friday as it plays Notre Dame in the GameTime Game of the Week, which is also 3-0. Additionally, this is Bay Port’s first road game of the season.
Is that something to be concerned about? Not according to Westerman.
"We don't have to travel far,” Westerman said. “It is different going on the road, but it certainly isn't something I'm concerned about. Teams win on the road all the time, so we want to be the same football team there as we are at home."
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