Chiefs chop down Saints
In a rivalry matchup between I-70 Conference foes, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints traveled to Alma for an Oct. 6 matchup with the Santa Fe Chiefs. Separated by one combined point in quarters one, two, and four, the Chiefs were able to make the third quarter count, scoring 14 unanswered third quarter points en-route to a 42-27 victory.
Two dual-threat quarterbacks — SPLHS senior Mark Allen and SFHS senior Devin Breland — went up against each other, but the play-style couldn’t have been much more different. While head coach Larry
Laubenstein used Allen’s arm a good amount — he attempted 20 passes, completing 14 for 158 yards and three touchdowns — Breland and the Chiefs attempted only five passes, completing two for 20 yards.
However, Chiefs head coach Alex McClafferty called on Breland 29 times in the rushing game, picking up 237 yards and two touchdowns with his legs. Allen also ran the ball well, picking up 98 yards and the game’s first touchdown on 11 carries, but he was the only one who could really get it going on the ground for the Saints, aside from a four carry, 32-yard performance from senior end Jose Alicea II featuring runs of 16 and 15 yards.
Allen found Alicea II and junior end Micah Lemmons five times each, getting 62 yards out of Alicea II and 66 yards from Lemmons. Lemmons also caught two of Allen's touchdowns, while senior end Dieter Ufer turned his only reception into a two-yard touchdown.
Santa Fe was able to get over 100 yards of rushing offense from non-Breland players, including senior running back Jared Rieves (16 carries for 81 yards, two touchdowns), freshman fullback Jacob Montgomery (nine rushes, 38 yards and a touchdown), and senior running back Blake Schreiman (31 yards on eight carries).
The Chiefs improved to 6-2 on the season in winning (5-2 in conference play), while the loss drops the Saints to 2-6 on the year (2-5 in conference play).
Up next for the Chiefs is their final regular season game, an Oct. 13 non-conference matchup with a struggling Forsyth High School squad searching for it's first win since Sept. 15. The Panthers have been outscored 161-51 in the three games they’ve played since their last victory, and the Chiefs will look to make that ratio even uglier.
The Saints will look to end a losing streak of their own on Oct. 13 when they travel to Columbia to take on Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School. This will also be the final regular season game for the Saints.