Woodall, Saints speed past Orrick to reach 3-0
The Saint Paul Saints had yet to truly break out offensively in the early stages of this new football season, but Friday night provided the opportunity.
The Saints traveled to Orrick for an I-70 Conference showdown and, along with continuing to play stingy defense, brought the big play on the road with them to wallop the Bearcats 51-8.
Orrick actually made the first move with a long first drive after receiving the opening kickoff. The Bearcats marched down the field in just over five-and-a-half minutes, and Seth McAfee finished off the procession with a five-yard touchdown run and a run for a two-point conversion.
But Saint Paul would respond immediately. On the first play from scrimmage, Derek Woodall found a lane and took off 52 yards for a touchdown of his own. Woodall added the equalizing two-point run.
Woodall again busted loose on the Saints' next possession. Saint Paul started a drive deep in its own territory and made its way out the 24-yard line. With just over a minute left in the first quarter, Woodall found a crease and raced 76 yards for the score to take the lead. Mark Allen ran in the conversion.
The second quarter would remain uneventful until there were just over three minutes left in the half. Caleb Hentges finished off a drive just under three minutes in length by finding Micah Lemmons for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Hentges connected with Ryan Kollbaum for the conversion and a 24-8 Saints lead at halftime.
Saint Paul got the football first in the second half and continued to roll on. Hentges scrambled 18 yards to the end zone just over a minute into the third period to extend the lead to 31-8.
Woodall found the promised land for the third time with a 57-yard romp with six-and-a-half minutes left in the quarter.
Allen came in at quarterback for Hentges and connected on a pair of touchdowns, one to Kollbaum for 19 yards just before the end of the third quarter, and one to Hentges from three yards out in the final period. Allen completed three of six passes overall for 30 yards.
McAfee led the Bearcats offense with 108 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Grant Stubbeman also ran the ball well with 14 carries for 60 yards, and Orrick did rush for 209 yards as a team, but they only managed 210 yards of total offense.
Orrick falls to even after a pair of I-70 Conference games and 1-2 on the season overall. The Bearcats will take on Crest Ridge in Centerview this Friday night.
Woodall's big night tallied out to 254 yards rushing on just 13 attempts. Hentges also picked up 95 yards on only four carries.
Hentges only needed to pass the ball four times, completing two for 21 yards. Kollbaum finished with two catches for 22 yards.
Daniel Royuk paced the Saints' defense with 17 total tackles and a fumble recovery. Peyton King and Isaiah Davis each recorded 13 total tackles as well.
Saint Paul remains perfect through three games. The Saints next return home for their annual date with the Concordia Orioles this Friday night as an added bonus of this year's Street Fair festivities.