In a packed home opener for Bishop McLaughlin, the Hurricanes welcomed a Santa Fe Catholic team that did not look sluggish from a long bus ride from Lakeland.
Sante Fe Catholic won big Friday, 33-8.
The first half was all defense, with the Hurricanes first scoring on a 40-yard Giovanni Perone fumble recovery. But Santa Fe Catholic forced two fumbles and intercepted three passes in the half.
Sophomore B.J. Knauf had two interceptions in the first half. Santa Fe Catholic later scored on a 17-yard Jesus Rivera run to make the score 8-6 Bishop McLaughlin (0-2).
Though the Hurricanes played stellar defense they seemed to have no answer for Knauf. He scored on a 54-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make the score 13-8 Hawks.
One bright spot for the Hurricanes was Perone, who finished with 81 yards on 18 carries and punished defenders as a middle linebacker.
The Hawks used a corral of backs, with Knauf the star. He also scored on runs of 23 yards and 3 yards. Knauf finished with 19 carries for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
"This team gets tougher as the game goes on," Santa Fe Catholic coach Mike Jones said. "Marty Williams is a good ball coach. He uses whatever he has and makes it work."