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Last-second score sends St. Paul back to state

Thursday, December 1, 2016
by Mark Lube, Gazette Sports Editor

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Shiner St. Paul Cardinal Football The Shiner St. Paul Cardinals were in the lead only once in their state semifinal battle against Bryan Brazos Christian Friday night in The Woodlands, but their timing was excellent.

A 1-yard run by Conor Kresta gave St. Paul a 41-38 lead with just 27 seconds left in the ball game as it completed a Cardinal rally from a 38-28 deficit.

The win sends St. Paul to their second straight state championship game and their fifth appearance in seven seasons. St. Paul was runner up in 2011 and took home the crown in 2010, 2012 and last year (2015).

The Eagles took a 7-0 lead 24 seconds into the game with a 71-yard run by Tucker Hartis and the Cardinals got on the board with a 58-yard run by quarterback Austin Barton at the 10:18 mark of the first quarter.

BBC took a 14-7 lead on the 1-yard run by Garrett Fleming later in the quarter.

St. Paul again tied the score, 14-14, on a 1-yard run by Kresta. The Eagles ended the frame with 10-point surge a 7-yard run by Hartis and a 39-yard field goal by Blake Griffin.

Kresta got St. Paul within 24-21 with a 3-yard run at the at the 7:07 mark of the third box and The Eagles reestablished the 10-point window with a 5-yard run by Fleming with 2:27 left in the quarter.

St. Paul responded with a 62-yard run by Kresta for his third score of the game.

BBC went up 38-28 with 11:06 remaining in the game on a 28-yard pass from Jacob Jordan to Tyler Chism.

The Cardinals cut it to 38-35 with 7:58 left with an 8-yard run by Kresta, minutes before his game-winning score.

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  source: Shiner Gazette

  Shiner St. Paul 41, Bryan Brazos Christian 38
    November 25, 2016, 7:30 pm
    Warrior Stadium, The Woodlands

                               1    2    3    4       F
    Bryan Brazos Christian    14   10    7    7  --  38
    Shiner St. Paul            7    7   14   13  --  41


    First Quarter
       BBC  Tucker Hartis 71 run (Blake Griffin kick), 11:36 1Q.
       SSP  Austin Barton 58 run (Frank Benes kick), 10:18 1Q.
       BBC  Garrett Fleming 1 run (Griffin kick), 5:49 1Q.

    Second Quarter
       SSP  Conor Kresta 1 run (Benes kick), 10:13 2Q.
       BBC  Hartis 7 run (Griffin kick), 6:18 2Q.
       BBC  Griffin 39 FG, 0:33 2Q.

    Third Quarter
       SSP  Kresta 3 run (Benes kick), 7:07 3Q.
       BBC  Fleming 5 run (Griffin kick), 2:27 3Q.
       SSP  Kresta 62 run (Benes kick), 1:37 3Q.

    Fourth Quarter
       BBC  Tyler Chism 28 pass from Jacob Jordan (Griffin kick), 11:06 4Q.
       SSP  Kresta 8 run (Benes kick), 7:58 4Q.
       SSP  Kresta 1 run (kick failed, 0:27 4Q.


                       St. Paul  Legacy Christian
    First downs              19                17
    Rushes-yards         57-435            19-132
    Passing yards            37               190
    Passes                  1-4             17-30
    Penalties-Yards        3-25              6-55
    Fumbles-Lost            0-0               3-3
    Punts-Average         0-0.0            3-39.3


     BBC: Tucker Hartis 22-225, Garrett Fleming 8-37, Jacob Jordan 2-2.
     SSP: Conor Kresta 36-284, Austin Barton 9-91, Joseph Natal 7-57.

     BBC: Jordan 12-28-0-157.
     SSP: Barton 3-10-0-107.

     BBC: Hartis 5-68, Tyler Chism 3-42, Ben Weber 2-24, Parker Smith 1-15, William Lockett 1-10.
     SSP: Natal 2-50, River Haynes 2-57.

Mark Lube Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or

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