In recent years, Santo was a favored homecoming date for opposing teams.
Perhaps not any more.
The Wildcats spoiled homecoming night in Perrin by downing the Pirates, 16-15, on the strength of Brandon Hailey's five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, followed by his decisive two-point conversion run.
A team that won just two games in its previous three years, Santo is now 5-0. Perrin-Whitt fell to 2-3 following the non-district tilt.
Santo was first on the scoreboard after senior running back Cy Wallace ran 17 yards to the end zone. Hailey added a two-point conversion run to stake the 'Cats to an 8-0 lead.
The Pirates tied the game in the second quarter when their senior running back Bryce Cameron hit pay dirt on an 18-yard run. Cameron added two points with his conversion run as the teams went into halftime knotted at eight apiece.
Perrin-White would strike first in the second half. The Pirates moved to the Wildcats' 2-yard line, where quarterback Dusty Salazar connected with running back Joseph Evans for a score. Edgar Alonso booted the point after, and the Pirates went up 15-8.
But Hailey helped lift Santo to victory with his touchdown and conversion run to account for the final 16-15 tally.
The Pirates put up big numbers offensively, led by Cameron who ran for 203 yards on 29 carries, an average of 7 yards per touch. Perrin-White racked up 301 yards of total offense to Santo's 181 yards. The Pirates recorded 17 first downs to Santo's 12.
P-W had two turnovers – a fumble and an interception – and racked up 105 yards on 12 penalties.
Hailey ran for 99 yards on 22 attempts for Santo, while Wallace totaled 45 yards, including the game's longest run of 27 yards.
The Pirates will travel Ponder on Friday while Santo will host Gorman in its homecoming contest.