Shiner Gazette Sports

St. Paul wins HC game against Flatonia

Thursday, September 21, 2017
by Mark Lube, Sports Editor

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Conor Kresta (No. 7) runs behind the block of Cole Brown (No. 52) after taking a handoff from River Haynes (No. 17).
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St. Paul head football coach Jake Wachsmuth was happy to see the fire and competitiveness from his team.

The Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the season as they beat nearby neighbors Flatonia 35-8 in the 2017 Homecoming game Friday night at Comanche Stadium, that was also the Cardinals’ home opener.

“I think our kids competed really well tonight,” Wachsmuth said. “We have a lot of respect for Flatonia and we were ready for the play from the get go.”

“I was very pleased with our effort. We made some little mistakes. But I thought we played with a little more fire tonight.” St. Paul was tenacious on defense as they forced four turnovers and held the Bulldogs to a little under 200 yards.

“I thought our guys on defense flew around and we hit Flatonia instead of them hitting us,” Wachsmuth said.

While only completing one pass all night, the Cardinals ran for just a hair shy of 400 yards, which is absolutely pure Cardinal offensive style. “We started the game running the football (well). We are going to have to make those pass plays but we always pride ourselves on how we run the ball,” he said.

The Cardinals opened the game with a 54-yard drive in four plays for the first score, starting with River Haynes hitting Joseph Natal for a 9-yard gain scoring on a 39-yard run at the 10:36 mark.

The Cardinals forced a three-and-out and drove 53-yards in four plays with Natal scoring on a 35-yard counter for a 14-0 lead.

St. Paul made it three scores for three offensive possessions after gaining a turnover at the Flatonia 47 as Kresta capped a four-minute ,12-play drive with a 1-yard run five seconds into the second quarter.

St. Paul failed to convert a fourth-down inside the Bulldog 15 and Flatonia had an 81- yard run Dakory Willis to set up a potential scoring threat that was ended as Haynes intercepted a pass.

St. Paul got another pick as Kai Giese killed Flatonia’s drive that opened the second half. Kresta had a 34-yard run and Haynes scored on a bootleg for a 28-0 St. Paul lead. Haynes used the same play on a 21- yard run to cap a fiveplay, 61-yard drive with 2:43 in the third.

After trading turnovers near the end of the third frame and continuing into the fourth quarter, Flatonia ended the shut out as Willis had a 4-yard run to cap a 58- yard drive with 4:06 left in the game.

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Lillie Bell and Michael Wagner were named St. Paul High School 2017 Homecoming Queen and King. Pictured with the newly crowned royalty are 2016 Homecoming King Alex Hull, left and 2016 Homecoming Queen Allysa Kutac, right.
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   Shiner St. Paul 35, Flatonia 8
     Friday, September 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
     Comanche Stadium, Shiner


                                 1    2    3    4      F
    Flatonia                     0    0    0    8  --  8
    Shiner St. Paul             14    7   14    0  -- 35


    First Quarter
      SP — Conor Kresta 39 run (Frank Benes kick), 10:36 1Q.
      SP — Joseph Natal 35 run (Benes kick), 7:06 1Q.

    Second Quarter
      SP — Kresta 1 run (Benes kick), 11:55 2Q.

    Third Quarter
      SP — River Haynes 11 run (Benes kick), 8:08 3Q.
      SP — Haynes 21 run (Benes kick), 2:43 3Q.

    Fourth Quarter
      FL - Dakory Willis 4 run (Seth Patten run), 4:06 4Q.


                      Flatonia      St. Paul
    First downs              9            18
    Rushes-yards        35-181        49-395
    Passing yards           15             9
    Passing              1-8-3           1-7
    Fumbles-lost           2-1           2-2
    Penalties-yards       2-30          6-44
    Punts-average      3-36.67        1-18.0


    FL: Dakory Willis 20-140, Marco Lopez 4-27, Seth Patten 6-18, Juan Netro 3-8,
        Lucas Herrea 1-(-3), Enrique Manzano 1-(-9).
    SP: Conor Kresta 15-138, River Haynes 10-107, Joseph Natal 6-75, Tre’Zell Jenkins-Perry 6-37,
        Kai Giese 8-30, Nathan Wagner 1-4, Carson Reese 1-2, Cade  Davis 1-2, Patrick Green 1-2.

    FL: Patten 1-8-3-15.
    SP: Haynes 1-7-0-9.

    FL: Seth Janak 1-15.
    SSP: Natal 1-9.

Mark Lube Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or

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