The Bucks surrender 710 yards of offense in 82-46 loss to Imbler and fall to 1-3

The St. Paul high school football team’s rough start to the 2013 campaign continued on Friday, as the Bucks could not keep pace with Imbler and fell 82-46 at Dufur High School to pick up its third loss in its first four games.

St. Paul took an early 16-6 lead thanks to a pair of Tyler Smith touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing, early in the first quarter, but the Panthers scored four consecutive times to pull ahead 36-16 early in the second.

The two teams then traded scores – the Bucks on Chris Petrjanos and Austin McMillian runs – back and forth to enter halftime with Imbler up 50-34.

The Panthers put their stamp on the game quickly in the second half, hitting pay dirt on a pair of touchdown passes to make it 66-34 with 8:29 left to play in the third.

St. Paul scored twice more in the quarter, but each time Imbler answered with a touchdown before the two teams played a scoreless fourth quarter.

The Panthers needed just 47 plays to rack up 710 yards of total offense, including 551 on the ground. In comparison, the Bucks compiled 488 yards, 310 of which came via the running game, on 83 offensive plays.

Turnovers were not a major factor in the game as St. Paul threw one interception and lost one fumble, with Imbler turning the ball over only once.

Petrjanos carried the ball 32 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, with Smith totaling 52 yards on four carries and McMillen 48 on seven rushes.

Cody Faber and Caraon Smieth split time at quarterback for the Buckaroos, combining to complete 12 of 23 passes for 178 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Mario Dela Rosa collected a team-high nine tackles, while all seven of Max Coleman’s stops were of the solo variety, including two for loss.

Imbler (3-1) became the top-ranked team in the OSAA power rankings following the win, while St. Paul is No. 4, mostly by virtue of its strength of schedule, as its opponents have gone 9-1 in games against opponents other than the Bucks.

St. Paul (1-3) went undefeated last season until falling to Camas Valley in the 1A state title game, a year after opening the 2011 campaign 3-3. That year, the Bucks won their last three games to claim the Casco League crown, but lost in the second round of the playoffs to rival Perrydale.

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