By: Aaron Pyle
In their previous matchup, the St. Paul Indians rolled past Hartford 62-14 in the first round of the playoffs.
Friday, November 2, the Indians met with the Centre Cougars in the second round of the playoffs. Home field advantage played a factor in the game as it was held in St. Paul. The Cougars came into the game following their 32-28 victory over Marmaton Valley and had a record as well of (7-3).
Junior Adam Albertini put the first points up on the board three minutes into the game with a 31-yard touchdown run. Centre would return the kickoff in the next possession bringing the score to 8-6.
In the middle of the first, senior Collin Carlson struck with a 7-yard touchdown, pushing the Indian lead further.
Albertini later scored with 41 seconds on the clock in the first with a 2-yard run in bringing the score to 22-6 at the end of the 1st.
Centre scored on the opening possession of the second, pushing the Indians lead a little closer.
Albertini soon responded with a 40-yard touchdown bringing the score to 30-14.
The Indians efforts were too much as they went on to finish the Cougars in an offensive explosion with St. Paul prevailing 80-50 over Centre.
Junior Adam Albertini went on to finish the game with 9 touchdowns and 335 yards rushing as well. Incredible year for the junior as he’s totaled 2,149 yards on the season along with 60 combined touchdowns. Senior Carlson would come up huge defensively for the Indians as he finished the game with 3 turnovers recovered by himself alone.
“Anytime you can advance to the final eight, you’re not unhappy after the game…we’d like to see ourselves more physical but at this point, we just want to win.” said Coach Keith Wiatrak.
The Indians will travel for their next game as the Indians will face the Hanover Wildcats (10-0) in the third round of the playoffs. The game is set for Friday, November 9 in Hanover.