Josey coach John Noah said the No. 1 goal for his team was to stop Brendan Douglas.
The Eagles failed to do that, struggling to contain the Aquinas running back and the rest of his Irish teammates Friday night.
In limited action, Douglas rushed for almost 200 yards and Aquinas dominated on both sides of the ball in a 42-0 win.
In its first home game of the season, the Irish improved to 3-0. In the schools’ first meeting since 1977, Aquinas evened the all-time series at 3-3-1. The Irish defeated the Eagles for the first time since 1974.
Douglas posted 188 rushing yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns, and he didn’t play the final quarter.
On Aquinas’ first play from scrimmage in the second half, Douglas darted around the left side and outraced the Josey defense for an 80-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.
“I’m just assuming that (Douglas) is that much better than us,” Noah said. “We just couldn’t stop him. We were running everybody we could at him and it still didn’t work.”
It wasn’t just Douglas, though. Ruben Garnett, Grey Klosinski and John Morris each scored rushing touchdowns, while Daniel Lindsey added a 25-yard punt return for a score.
The Irish defense shut down Josey (1-3) after the Eagles scratched out 76 yards on their opening drive, but the Eagles managed just 108 the rest of the game. Quarterback Rod Taylor completed his first three passes of 35, 11 and 31 yards to give Josey first down at the Aquinas 3. After Vontrez Andrews was stuffed behind the line on first down, Josey was called for a personal foul and failed to score.
“If they would’ve scored first, they would’ve gotten a lot of momentum,” Garnett said.
“We just huddled up, buckled down and said ‘Let’s get the game going our way.’ ”
Aquinas responded with an eight-play, 94-yard drive. Douglas capped the drive with a 5-yard direct snap run for a touchdown.
On their second drive, the Irish went 48 yards in seven plays. Garnett punched it in from the 9 early in the second quarter to stake Aquinas to a 14-0 lead.
At halftime, Aquinas honored its 2012 state champion soccer team.