St. Paul offense explodes after taking a week off to prepare for Jays

by: GARY ALLEN - St. Paul sophomore Tyler Smith, seen here shrugging off a Lowell defender at a game in September, led the Buckaroos Friday with 236 of the teams 389 rushing yards as the team ran over the Jewell Blue Jays. Smith finished with five touchdowns, including four on the ground and one on an 85-yard kick return.After spending last week idle, the St. Paul football team eagerly took the field Friday night in a road game against the Jewell Blue Jays that quickly turned into a 70-18 blowout in favor of the visiting team.

The Buckaroos scored early and often against the overmatched Jays, amassing 54 points in the first half en route to the team’s largest point total of the season.

Tyler Smith scored the first three touchdowns of the game for St. Paul, putting the team on board with an 85-yard kickoff return to start the game before punching the ball in from seven and 48 yards on the team’s next two possessions, respectively.

Smith finished as the game’s leading rusher, needing just 12 carries to accumulate 236 yards and four scores on the ground.

Jewell scored on the ensuing possession to make it a 22-6 game, but the Buckaroos scored the next four times to close out the half on a 26-point barrage.

Quarterback Carson Smith connected on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Cody Faber after the Blue Jay score, and hit Keenan Wood for a 15-yard touchdown on the next possession. Carson Smith finished the game with 4-of-5 passing for 62 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucks opted to stick mostly with the ground-and-pound game against Jewell.

Tyler Smith added two more touchdowns before halftime to give the Bucks a 54-6 lead, and Austin McMillen added 110 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

On the defensive side of the ball, Keenan Phillips led St. Paul with 13 tackles, while Mario Dela Rosa added eight. St. Paul was able to largely able to contain a Jewell offense that was coming off a 62-point output against Falls City the week before and had scored 50 or more points in three games this season.

The win lifted St. Paul to 2-0 in conference after taking a forfeit victory against Alsea last week. The victory gives the Buckaroos (4-4, 2-0 Special District 1) the inside track toward one of the conference’s two playoff berths with only two games left in the season.

No. 8 St. Paul plays its final two games of the regular season at home, hosting Falls City (2-6, 1-2) this Friday before wrapping up the season against Perrydale (4-3, 2-0).

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