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Buckaroo volleyball team struggles to compete in Arizona, but still ranked in top-5 in Oregon

Maintaining its utter dominance over competition in the 1A classification, the St. Paul football team went on the road to Siletz Valley and won 78-24 on Friday. The Buckaroos (5-0) set a season-high in points and were up 64-8 at halftime, while the Warriors fell to 0-4 on the season.

More than 500 yards of total offense was created largely by St. Paul's stable of running backs, including seniors Saul Martinez and Mitch Curtis. Astonishingly, the Bucks scored 78 points and managed all those yards on just 25 total plays – 12 of which came on the last two scoring drives with plenty of backups in the game.

The Bucks scored a touchdown in just one play on five of their nine offensive possessions in the first half – the other three touchdowns coming in two or three plays and the final possession of the half resulting in a merciful kneel-down.

St. Paul hosts Perrydale (5-0) Thursday in a rivalry matchup that is almost assuredly going to be closer than either team's first few contests.

Volleyball faces tough competition

The St. Paul volleyball team traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Nike Tournament of Champions over the weekend and was humbled by elite out-of-state competition. The Bucks (18-8, 9-0 Casco League) went 1-6 in the tourney with their only win coming over a team from Red Bluff, Calif. Their other opponents included teams from Arizona, Washington and Florida.

Still, the Bucks have been one of the better 1A teams in Oregon and find themselves ranked No. 4 in their classification by the OSAA. After a road game at Jewell played Tuesday after press time, their next game is tonight (Oct. 9) at home against Crosshill Christian.

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