After a 45-minute delay because of lightning in the area, John Ehret pulled off a convincing 75-0 victory over Cohen at Pan American Stadium on Saturday night.

The Patriots wasted very little time, returning the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, then recovering a Cohen fumble on the second play of the game.

Three plays later, running back Juwan Leonard ran 21 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game.

The next Cohen possession ended in a three-and-out and fumbled snap by their punter, giving Ehret the opportunity to take advantage of the great field position. Two plays later, quarterback Caron Baham scampered in for a 22-yard touchdown run.

After a successful two-point conversion, Ehret led 22-0 five minutes into the game.

Ehret led 38-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Despite the huge margin of victory, Ehret coach Corey Lambert applauded Cohen’s effort.

“My hat goes off to those Cohen kids. They played their heart out the entire night,” Lambert said. “I thought our offense executed pretty well early on, but our defense is what carried us.

“They played great for the majority of the night.”

Baham finished 2-of-7 for 74 passing yards and two total touchdowns before being removed early along with many of the other Ehret starters.

“The worst thing about games like this is I don’t get to play a lot,” Baham said. “I thought the offensive line did a great job of blocking tonight and our running backs ran hard. The defense came up really big so we just wanted to execute whenever they gave us opportunities to score.”

With Darrel Williams — one of the top running backs in Louisiana last year — playing for LSU this fall, the Patriots knew that they would need their defense to be a cornerstone of what they did this season. The Patriots defense forced Cohen quarterback Kenneth Murdock into four interceptions on the night (two returned for touchdowns) and recovered a fumble.

“I wanted to emphasize the way our defense played tonight because I know they’re going to be important for us this year,” Lambert said. “They forced a bunch of turnovers and that’s always a great thing.”

While Ehret knew they couldn’t take Cohen lightly on Saturday night, they also knew that their big test comes next week in a major matchup against Brother Martin at Tad Gormley Stadium. It was also announced that the game will be moved from Thursday night to Saturday night.

“We wanted to come out and play really well tonight because we know how important the game will be next week against the Brother Martin Crusaders,” Baham said. “We just have to take all the things we did tonight and do them even better next week.”