For St. Dominic it was worth the wait. And what a wait it was.
After going 21 years without being able to celebrate a varsity win, St. Dominic shook off the rust and beat Nazareth, 36-14, on Friday in its second game of the season. Nazareth is 1-2.
The Bayhawks (1-1) had not fielded a football team since 1988, when they went 1-7, last winning against Julia Richmond, 7-0, on Nov. 6.
"To see a program that was dormant for 22 years all of a sudden come alive and have a heart beat, it was great. Like a newborn baby," coach Tore Barbaccia said.
Matt Cafiero was 3-for-7 for 40 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for St. Dominic, which plays as an independent. Ryan Perkins ran 12 times for 86 yards and a TD, Marc Flynn had two catches for 19 yards and a score, and returned an interception 27 yards for another score.
St. Dominic lost to Bishop Ford 29-12 on Sept. 12, the program's official restart. The difference between games, according to Barbaccia, was a fundamental understanding of how to play football.
"It's about having the right mind-set," he said. "Football is not like any other sport. It's not a contact sport; it's a collision sport. And once they understood that it's a very physical game, they took it to them physically."
St. Dominic scored twice in the first half, on Carl Cooper's 4-yard run in the first quarter and Flynn's 8-yard catch from Cafiero in the second quarter. The team took a 16-8 lead into the half, then scored three more TDs for a 36-8 lead before Nazareth managed a fourth-quarter touchdown.
But don't expect the team to become satisfied with finally getting a win.
"They still have the hunger, especially now that they know what it tastes like," Barbaccia said. "It's like when you feed a tiger its first meal as a pup. They want more and more and more. And they're going to continue to grow. So they got their first taste and now they want more."