After a slow start, the Bucks maul the Huskies 58-6
Lopsided wins have become commonplace for St. Paul football this season and that was the case in its playoff opener as well. The Bucks beat Elgin 58-6 on Friday in front of their home fans despite a comparably slow start – leading just 24-6 at halftime.
A 14-yard rushing touchdown for senior running back Gianni Grasso got the scoring started for St. Paul; a two-point conversion on the run by senior quarterback TJ Crawford made it 8-0 Bucks early.
Elgin would respond with a score of its own, the only one of the night for the Huskies. A 50-yard touchdown pass and failed two-pointer made it 8-6 St. Paul – the slimmest margin the Bucks have faced in quite some time during their undefeated run.
After that, it was all Bucks – even if the first half wasn't as high-scoring as the second. A six-yard run from Grasso plus another keeper on the two-pointer by Crawford made it 16-6. In the second quarter, a 27-yard pass from Crawford to senior running back Mitch Curtis plus a run from Curtis on the two-pointer made it 24-6 at the half.
The floodgates opened for St. Paul in the second half. A 23-yard pass from Crawford to sophomore tight end Bryce Williams and a two-point conversion on the run by Curtis made it 32-6. A few minutes later, the Bucks were in the end zone again on a 24-yard pass from Crawford to hulking senior tight end Alex Dela Cerda, leading 40-6 after Dela Cerda converted the two-pointer on a run.
Two more points were tacked on the board when three St. Paul defenders stormed the backfield and tackled an Elgin player for a safety, making it 42-6.
A pair of touchdowns were scored to finish off the third quarter before St. Paul took out its starters. Senior Saul Martinez had a 16-yard run and Grasso had another from seven yards out. A pair of two-point conversions after those runs brought the game to its final score of 58-6.
No. 1 St. Paul's next opponent is No. 9 Days Creek, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the rodeo grounds.
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