St. Paul football, volleyball continue to dominate
The No. 2 St. Paul football team enjoyed its biggest victory of the season in a 60-0 win over the Mohawk Mustangs on Friday.
The Buckaroos (4-0, 1-0 Special District 1-North) pulled out all the stops in their league opener at the Rodeo Grounds, building a 40-0 lead at halftime behind four passing touchdowns from senior T.J. Crawford.
Crawford finished the game 8-of-13 from behind center for 245 yards, making a variety of touchdown connections with his receiving corps.
Mitchell Curtis led the way with three catches for 90 yards and a score, while Gianni Grasso and Saul Martinez each connected on touchdown passes of 78 and 35 yards, respectively.
Crawford added a fifth touchdown before halftime on a three-yard touchdown.
Martinez also led all players with 103 yards on the ground, scoring on a 39-yard run to open the third quarter.
Curtis added his second touchdown of the game in the third, returning a punt from near midfield to the endzone to give the Bucks a 54-0 lead heading into the final quarter. Jaden Thompson completed the scoring with a two-yard touchdown in the fourth.
But it was the defense that shined most for the Bucks, thanks in part to interceptions from Carter Milroy, Bryce Williams and Crawford, and two fumble recoveries from Reed Overfield, which helped deliver St. Paul's first shutout win since the team's 26-0 victory over Heppner in the 2017 2A quarterfinals.
Steven Coppola led the team with 12 tackles, while John Cacka and Overfield each had 8.5. Curtis led the team with four pass deflections.
The Buckaroos rebounded from a loss in their home tournament a week before post consecutive league victories in a home doubleheader on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
St. Paul hosted Falls City and C.S. Lewis Academy in a pair of one-sided affairs in which the Bucks held each opponent to under 10 points in both 3-0 sweeps.
The Bucks opened against Falls City, claiming sets by scores of 25-6, 25-7, 25-7.
In the follow-up game against C.S. Lewis, the Bucks scored a rare shutout, beating the Watchmen 25-0 in the second set to go with wins of 25-4 and 25-8 in the first and third sets, respectively.
St. Paul improved to 15-2 on the season and 7-0 in the Casco League, rising to No. 2 in the OSAA rankings. The Bucks were scheduled to travel to Livingstone Adventist Academy on Monday to play against the hosting Lions and the Willamette Valley Christian Warriors.
They finish their week with a trip to Arizona to take part in the annual NIKE Tournament of Champions in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday.
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