"I would like to think it's chemistry," Alexander said of the touchdown grab. "Lots of hours and hard work that we put in on the field. Plus, I would also like to say thanks to Austin [Giacomo] for coming across the back [of end zone]."
Alexander finished 7 of 12 with 193 yards passing and three touchdowns while also rushing for another touchdown for the Patriots.
SA (0-3) did threaten to score once in the first half when it drove the ball to the Patriot 16 but the drive stalled when Giacomo made a leaping interception in the end zone. It was his first of two interceptions on the night and two of four SA turnovers.
At the half, the Patriots had 279 yards of total offense (175 passing, 104 rushing) compared to SA's 120 yards of offense (74 passing, 46 rushing).
After the Patriots took a 55-0 lead in the third quarter on a Riffe 5-yard TD run, his third of the night, and a Clayton Anderson 1-yard run, SA managed to finally score on a Jones 5-yard run and a David Reed 3-yard pass from Noah Reed.
Riffe, who came into the game as the leading rusher in the MSAC and second leading rusher in the state with 474 yards on 63 carries and seven touchdowns, finished 109 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns and caught two passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
"If they key on me or another back, then we have a great quarterback," Riffe said. "Jon [Alexander] does a great job. He had a big game today. He was ready for today."
Friday's game was the first time Riffe didn't manage to rush for over 200 yards.
Reed led SA with 96 yards passing and a touchdown, while Jones added 44 yards and a touchdown.
"In this conference, a 6-4 record and sometimes 5-5 record can get you into the playoffs," said SA coach Steve Stoffel Jr. "If we can beat the right teams, then we have a shot later on in the year.
"We have improved. The score doesn't necessarily reflect it. But I think we have gotten better on the defensive side of the ball especially. We are hoping when we get that first one under the belt, then we can start rolling."