The St. Paul Cardinals picked a good week to have the best practices ever — right before the district opener.
Nathan Wagner (10) escorts running back Conor Kresta. Kresta ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 49-6 win.
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photo by Mark Lube, Shiner Gazette
An extremely focused St. Paul team built a 21-0 lead after one quarter, led 35-0 at halftime and went on to victory 49-6 in its fi rst game against Brentwood Christian School Friday night ( September 23, 2016 ) at Comanche Stadium.
Head coach Jake Wachsmuth said St. Paul had a great week of workouts. "Wednesday is our most important day of practice and this week, we probably had our best Wednesday ever all year," he said. "You get confidence from practice and it carries over into the game.
After taking a massive lead, St. Paul had a little bit of a slowdown that can occur when teams build large leads.
"We got a big lead and lost some focus. It’s kind of a tendancy," Wachsmuth said. "It happens to a lot of teams."
With the score line late in the game, St. Paul put in some backups into the game.
"Everyone contributed in this game," Wachsmuth said. "The younger guys got a reward for going up against the older guys in practice. With our first teams, a lot of players made plays."
BCS went three and out on their first possession; St. Paul had its first time with the ball at its 48. Conor Kresta raced 25 yards to the BCS 27 and a few plays later, Austin Barton scored from the 19 on an option keeper.
The Cardinal defense forced a turnover inside Bear territory as Alex Hull picked up a fumble around the 40 and got the ball to the 27. Tre’Zell Jenkins-Perry had a 14-yard gain to the 6 on the second play and Barton later capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Natal with 5:53 left in the first quarter.
BCS had some promise in their next drive with some passing by quarterback Jordan Johnson, and runs by Johnson, Hunter Burcham and Sam Orick. Eventually, the Bears faced fourth down inside the Cardinal 20. Johnson dropped back to pass, could not find anyone open at the time, danced around in the backfield, appearing to have all day to throw the ball and finally let go of a pass that was snatched up by St. Paul’s River Haynes at the 18 and taken the distance for a score, giving the Cardinals a 21-0 lead.
The Cardinals' next possession was a three play 50-yard drive, capped by a 29-yard counter run by Natal.
BCS went three and out but caught a break as St. Paul muffed the punt and the Bears recovered.
However, that drive ended as Johnson was picked off by Eduario Garza and St. Paul was set up at its own 21.
A couple of holding calls slowed St. Paul but Kresta finished the drive with a 6-yard run with 1:38 left in the first half.
St. Paul got a kickoff return to the Bear 39 to start the second half; Kresta capped a fi ve- play drive with a 2-yard run with 10 minutes left in the third.
The Bears got a break with a fumble recovery inside the St. Paul 40 with just over six minutes left in the third.
Johnson hit Orick for 35 yards to the St. Paul 2 on a fourth-down-and-9 play. Burcham got BCS on the board with a 2-yard run. The point after was blocked and St. Paul led 42-6.
St. Paul scored again as Perry had a 38-yard run to complete a 75-yard drive with 11:49 remaining in the game.
The Cardinals (3-2, 1-0) will play Saturday ( October 1, 2016 ) at 1 p.m at Boerne Geneva.
GAME STATISTICSShiner St. Paul 49, Brentwood Christian School 6 September 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner High School SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Brentwood CS 0 0 6 0 -- 6 St Paul 21 14 7 7 -- 49 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter SSP — Austin Barton 19 run (Frank Benes kick), 8:23 1Q. SSP — Joseph Natal 2 pass from Barton (Benes kick), 5:53 1Q. SSP — River Haynes 82 interception return (Benes kick),0:43 1Q. Second Quarter SSP — Natal 29 run (Benes kick), 9:56 2Q. SSP —Conor Kresta 6 run (Benes kick), 1:38 2Q. Third Quarter SSP — Kresta 2 run (Benes kick), 10:04 3Q. BCS — Hunter Burcham 2 run (kick blocked), 3:39 3Q. Fourth Quarter SSP — Tre’Zell Perry 38 run (Benes kick), 11:49 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Brentwood St Paul First downs 7 17 Rushes-yards 29-33 42-360 Passing yards 117 9 Passes 8-18-2 2-4 Penalties-yards 1-5 7-75 Fumbles-lost 5-2 4-3 Punts-average 4-33.25 0-0.0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing BCS: Jordan Johnson 13-19, Sam Orick 8-18, Hunter Burcham 5-4, Chase Blackman 2-(-2), Team 1-(-6). SSP: Conor Kresta 13-122, Tre’Zell Jenkins-Perry 8-90, Austin Barton 4-51, Joseph Natal 4-39, Carson Reese 3-17, Ryan Bell 1-13, Reid Yackel 2-7, Team 2-3, Eudosio Garza 1-0, Frank Benes 1-(-1). Passing BCS: Johnson 8-18-2-117. SSP: Barton 2-4-0-9. Receiving BCS: Blackman 3-45, Orick 1-35, Micah Best 1-31, Andrew Schmitz 1-6, Blake Benton 1-4, Burcham 1-(-4). SSP:
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