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The Bucks bounced back from a 50-40 loss against Powder Valley with explosive offense and stifling defense

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Hunter Naumann was not only a threat on offense, but put the lone extra-point try of the night through the uprights for St. Paul.ST. PAUL, Ore. — There are levels to the game of football, and St. Paul is carving its place out in the higher levels of the 8-man game. On Friday, Sept. 24 the Bucks hosted the visiting Camas Valley Hornets and ran away with the 67-22 victory.

It was a nice bounce back win for the Bucks, who last week fell to Powder Valley 50-40. The 67 points last week is a new season-high in scoring for the home team, whose previous high was 48 points in a shutout victory over the Days Creek Wolves.

But to hear St. Paul head football coach Tony Smith tell it, the game was a good one, not a great one.

"We always tell them this: 'Good is the enemy of great,'" Smith said after the game. "We want to be great. We don't want to be good. But sustaining blocks, better execution than what we did. Defensively, the arm tackles. Most of their plays were long plays where they scored on them. We didn't do a good job covering receivers out of the backfield, and we've got to do a better job doing that. But we're at a point where we can start to be nitpicky about what we're doing."

St. Paul can afford to be nitpicky when the team hums on both sides of the ball the way it did Friday night. The Bucks got the game started with a 22-0 first quarter, which included senior quarterback Lance Tuck connecting with sophomore tight end Ralph Pohlschneider for a 16-yard-touchdown at the 7:48 mark of the opening quarter.

The defense did its part in the first quarter as well, holding Camas Valley scoreless in the first 12 minutes. It also registered a fumble recovery, a turnover on downs, and an interception, the latter courtesy of junior Carter Milroy.

Camas Valley got a pair of touchdowns back to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter, but St. Paul's offense poured it on. Tuck passed the ball off to senior Bryce Williams who ran it up the left sideline for a 53-yard-touchdown. On St. Paul's next drive, it took only two plays to reach the endzone, as Clancy Koch ran up it the middle and then breaking out left for a touchdown at the 4:09 mark of the second quarter. Finally, with three seconds to go in the half, St. Paul junior Hunter Naumann got the ball on a play-action handoff and ran it 89 yards for a touchdown that put the Bucks up 46-14 heading into the second half.

The second half started out off with a St. Paul interception thanks to Carter Milroy. That pick would set up a four-play drive that culminated in a touchdown for Tuck on a quarterback keep at the 10:27 mark of the third quarter.

Six minutes later, the next St. Paul possession would end as quickly as it began, once again with a touchdown. In a single play, Naumann ran the ball 50 yards for the touchdown to put St. Paul up 61-22.

The final score of the night came in the fourth quarter when backup St. Paul quarterback George Pohlschneider ran the ball in from 28 yards out to put the final nail in the coffin. St. Paul finished out the win 67-22.

"We feel like we played pretty well," Smith said. "We feel like, as far as being four games into the season, we feel like we're in a good position. We're working extremely hard. We saw a lot of improvement, and even though the score was lopsided, it was a pretty physical game on both sides."

St. Paul (3-1) will host Falls City/Kings Valley Charter School (0-3) on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.


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