By: Aaron Pyle
Following St. Paul’s first-round matchup, Oct. 31, the Indians were able to shutout the Hartford Jaguars 64-0 after the game was called at halftime. After the victory, the Indians stayed home for the next contest against the Bulldogs of Waverly (6-3). Waverly dominated Marmaton Valley in the team’s first-round matchup, Oct. 31, 62-14.
A close contest throughout the first half, both teams battled it out in what would become a defensive battle. Penalties and turnovers haunted each side throughout including three fumbles from the Indians.
St. Paul trailed for the first time since their first game of the season midway through the second until senior Adam Albertini ran in a 32-yard touchdown to turn the tide and take a 16-12 lead at halftime.
Defense reigned supreme once again throughout the second half but the Indians were able to overcome the adversity. St. Paul outscored the Bulldogs 12-6 in the last half as the Indians went on to win 28-18, advancing to the 8-Man DII Sectional.
Albertini finished the game with 25 carries for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Easton Dent made an impression Friday night compiling 15 carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns as well.
The Indians will play Friday, Nov. 15, where they host three-time defending state champion Hanover (9-1) who defeated their previous opponent Frankfort 38-32.
Other Area Scores
Southeast (7-3) 14 vs. Humboldt (10-0) 60