Lowell takes advantage of St. Paul miscues to win 76-40 in a rematch of last years Class 1A state semifinal

The tour through last season’s playoff teams has not been kind to the St. Paul football team this fall, as the Bucks fell to Lowell 76-40 Friday night.

The loss to the Red Devils marks the second time in three weeks that the Bucks have lost to an opponent they played in the 2012 state playoffs. But unlike in St. Paul’s week one loss to Camas Valley, the Bucks were overpowered from the beginning and succumbed to a pounding Lowell defense that generated eight GARY ALLEN - Prepare - St. Paul quarterback Cody Southerland braces for a hit during the Bucks' 76-40 home loss to Lowell on Friday at the Rodeo Grounds. Southerland left the game with an injury in the first quarter.

The Devils (2-0) got off to a swift start, scoring a touchdown on their first possession and recovering the ensuing onside kick to set up another score that put St. Paul in an early 14-0 hole. The Bucks recovered the next onside kick and Cody Southerland broke multiple tackles on the team’s third offensive play of the game, rumbling 57 yards for a score to make it 14-6.

The Bucks then recovered their onside kick and sophomore Tyler Smith nearly scored on a 45-yard scamper, but was pulled down at the 1-yard line. Southerland finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge to make it 14-12 with 7:01 left in the first quarter.

Lowell kept the pressure on, scoring back-to-back touchdowns, thanks in part to another successful onside kick, to make it 28-12.

Shortly afterward, Southerland was leveled on a kick return, knocking him out of the remainder of the game.

Backup Cody Faber was intercepted on his second play subbing for Southerland and the Devils returned it for a score to make it 36-12. Lowell tacked on another touchdown in the second quarter to take a 44-12 lead at halftime.

The two teams traded shots in the third quarter, as Austin McMillan ran 60 yards for a score, followed by a Lowell touchdown, then a 55-yard touchdown by Smith to make it 50-24. Every time St. Paul seemed to find a rhythm, Lowell was there to either score or force a turnover.

The Devils answered Smith’s touchdown, but St. Paul tight end Keenan Wood grabbed a tipped pass and took it 23 yards for a score, making it 70-32 at the end of three.

David Martinez capped the Bucks’ scoring with a 79-yard touchdown with 7:01 left, but Lowell matched that two minutes later to bring the game to its final — 76-40.

The Bucks were led by Smith’s 146 yards rushing on 10 carries. Martinez had 80 yards on the ground on just two attempts, McMillan ran for 63, and Southerland compiled 51 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the game.

Petrjanos, who had more than 400 rushing yards in the Bucks’ previous two games was held to just 37 on nine attempts. St. Paul lost the turnover battle 8-2, not including a handful of onside kicks the team failed to recover.

The Bucks (1-2) will travel to Dufur High School on Friday to face 2-1 Imbler, another perennial playoff team and frequent postseason opponent of theirs over the years.

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