Tough matchup yields tough results for Saints football in Week 6

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Week 6 — I-70 Conference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Crest Ridge 52
SPLHS 16

Four long quarters of Week 6 action finished with the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints football team suffering through a tough loss at the hands of the Crest Ridge High School Cougars, falling 52-16 to the in-conference foe.

After switching from jersey number 67 to 11 prior to Week 6, senior Luke Roepe got his first start under center. A ferocious Cougars defense is a difficult squad to get a first start against, and they held him to seven completions on 18 attempts, picking up 56 yards along the way. He also threw one interception. Despite a rough stat line, Roepe’s performance seems to be on-brand for what CRHS defenses have given up in victories this season, coming into the game allowing just 13.6 ppg this season when they win.

The Saints did find marginal success on the ground, rushing for a combined 130 yards (37 carries). Junior Kaden Olson ran 16 times for 80 yards (5 yards per carry) and a touchdown, while Roepe also scrambled for a touchdown himself. Senior Dominic Alicea turned eight carries into 33 yards.

Senior Trey Beerman was the most productive receiver on the day, pulling in two catches for 25 yards. He also intercepted a pass on defense, while Olson forced a fumble and also recovered it.

The Saints fall to 0-6 (0-4) with their fifth-straight loss to Crest Ridge. They have allowed 47 points per game this season while scoring less than two touchdowns per game (11.2 ppg). A homecoming matchup against Wellington-Napoleon HS awaits in Week 7. It’s tough telling which version of the Tigers that SPLHS we’ll see - the one that started off 3-1 and 2-0 in I-70 Conference play (victories over Lone Jack HS and Santa Fe HS), or the one that lost 26-21 to Crest Ridge in Week 5 and responded with a disastrous 61-43 home-field loss to Concordia HS in Week 6.

While Well-Nap will certainly be eager to bounce back, a good performance from the Saints’ Homecoming crowd mixed with another off-beat day from the Tigers’ defense could lead to an interesting affair.

Crest Ridge moves to 4-2 (3-0) with the win. A Week 7 matchup with a Sweet Springs HS squad that also find themselves at 4-2 and 3-0 in conference play could determine who comes out atop the I-70 Conference in 2019.

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