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Shiner St. Paul Cards rush to state championship
Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Shiner St. Paul's Travis Raabe, left, Blake Radicke and Stephen Curtiss help hoist the state championship trophy. Shiner St. Paul beat Colleyville Covenant 48-41, remaining undefeated for their season.
photos by Lauren Buonaugurio
The Shiner St. Paul Cardinals used its tradition and brute strength to win its fourth consecutive state championship.

The Cardinals polished up a perfect 14-0 season to earn the TAPPS Div. IV State Title under the direction of Head Coach Jake Wachsmuth on Saturday, December 4 in Killeen by defeating Colleyville Covenant Christian 48-41.

The Cardinals used its rush attack to outgain Colleyville Covenant, a staple it used through the season to reach the state championship.

St. Paul racked up 320 yards on the ground led by Martin Kennedy who finished with 154 yards on 22 carries. Adam Hollenbach finished with 81 yards on 16 carries on three quarters of play after suffering an injury that sidelined him.

Hollenbach led St. Paul in the season finishing with 2,000 yards on 230 carries and 47 touchdowns. Kennedy finished with 1,202 yards on 120 carries and 17 touchdowns.

Hollenbach’s best game came against Muenster in the quarterfinals where he finished with 237 yards on the ground on 20 carries and four touchdowns.

Brandon Sciba finished the season for St. Paul with 852 yards on 62 carries and was named the Most Valuable Player in the state championship game.

St. Paul’s rushing averages through the season were evident the team dominated. The Cardinals averaged 329.7 yards as a team in the regular season and 339 yards in district play. In the playoffs, they averaged 377.5 yards a game.

As a whole, St. Paul gained 4,844 rushing yards through 14 games and scored 87 touchdowns.

    St. Paul Rushing Statistics through the season

    Game         Team Carries-Yards    Leader

    Pettus                   43-199    Hollenbach, 106
    Cornerstone              28-446    Hollenbach, 165
    Stockdale                48-381    Hollenbach, 216
    Flatonia                 26-273    Hollenbach, 103
    Bryan St. Joseph         31-379    Sciba, 112
    Regents                  41-300    Hollenbach, 169
    Bryan Brazos *           41-434    Hollenbach, 216
    St. Gerard *             27-245    Hollenbach, 95
    Sacred Heart *           44-408    Kennedy, 101
    St. Dominic Savior *     32-269    Hollenbach, 103
    Rockwall Christian **    42-513    Sciba, 172
    Muenster **              35-378    Hollenbach, 237
    Lubbock Christian **     52-299    Hollenbach 161
    Colleyville Covenant **  54-320    Kennedy 154

     * Denotes District Game
    ** Denotes TAPPS playoffs
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