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St. Paul beats Sacred Heart 42-15 to earn trip to state title game
TAPPS Division IV State Semifinal Football Game (Third Playoff Round)

Thursday, December 2, 2021
by Mark Lube, Gazette Sports Editor

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Noah Boedeker zips through a hole Friday in Flatonia in the Cardinals' 42-15 win over Sacred Heart in the state semifinals.
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FLATONIA - Zak Johnson and Noah Boedeker combined for 355 yards and six touchdowns on the ground to guide St. Paul Cardinals into their fourth straight TAPPS IV state championship game. Cardinals had a great game defensively with four turnovers and forcing Sacred Heart to punt three times.

The Cardinals opened scoring with 3:53 left in the opening quarter with Johnson scoring on a 7-yard run.

St. Paul got a 58-yard run by Johnson with 7:29 left in the first half and Johnson's 4-yard run at the 1:19 mark of the second frame put St. Paul ahead 21-0.

The Indians cut the lead to 21-7 at the 10:36 mark of the third quarter on a 19-yard pass from Austin Kutac to Michael Koeth.

St. Paul responded in the last six and half minutes of the quarter on touchdown runs of 43 and 20 yards by Boedeker.

Johnson's 1-yard run with 6:35 left in the game put St. Paul ahead 42-7.

The Indians put one more score on the board with 50 seconds left on a 32-yard pass from Kutac to Nick Angerstein. Korbin Koehne converted the two-point play with a run.

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  Shiner St. Paul 42, Hallettsville Sacred Heart 15
    TAPPS Division IV State Semifinal Game
    Friday, November 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
    Bulldog Stadium, Flatonia


                                  1    2    3    4      F
    Shiner St. Paul               7   14   14    7  -- 42
    Hallettsville Sacred Heart    0    0    7    8  -- 15


    First Quarter
      SSP - Zak Johnson 7 run (Trent Brown kick), 3:53 1Q.

    Second Quarter
      SSP - Johnson 58 run (Brown kick), 7:29 2Q.
      SSP - Johnson 4 run (Brown kick), 1:19 2Q.

    Third Quarter
      HSH - Michael Koeth 19 pass from Austin Kutac (Nick Angerstein kick), 10:36 3Q.
      SSP - Noah Boedeker 43 run (Brown kick), 6:23 3Q.
      SSP - Boedeker 20 run (Brown kick), 1:18 3Q.

    Fourth Quarter
      SSP - Johnson 1 run (Brown kick), 6:35 4Q.
      HSH - Angerstein 32 pass from Kutac (Korbin Koehne run), 0:50 4Q.


                  S. St. Paul   H. Sacred Heart
    First downs            22                9
    Rushes-yards       50-386           22-140
    Passing yards          12              106
    Passes                2-6           7-18-1
    Penalties-yards      3-35             7-50
    Fumbles-lost          0-0              3-3
    Punts-aver         1-45.0          3-36.33


    SSP: Zak Johnson 32-233, Noah Boedeker 11-122, Nate Boedeker 2-14, Sean Humes 2-13, Brayden Slaughter 2-6;
    HSH: Austin Kutac 9-68, Korbin Koehne 10-45, Brady Haas 3-27.

    SSP: Jacob Wachsmuth 1-5-0-6, Blaine Humes 1-1-0-6;
    HSH: Kutac 7-18-1-106.

    SSP: Kade Leist 1-6, Zeke Rodriguez 1-6.
    HSH: Nick Angerstein 3-69, Haas 2-15, Michael Koeth 1-19, Klayton Chance 1-0.

Mark Lube Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
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