By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – In its final game of the scholastic season on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the St. Paul football team didn’t attempt a single pass against Oxford.
And it didn’t matter because the Falcons simply ran all over the Wolverines – ramping up nearly 400 yards in offense – as St. Paul upped its record over .500 to end the campaign.
However, the Falcons had to overcome a small deficit to snatch the ultimate lead and take the contest from the visitors.
Trailing by seven early, St. Paul rallied off 46 straight points to turn away Oxford, 46-13, in a Naugatuck Valley League, Copper Division tilt at McPhee Field from the campus of St. Paul Catholic High School.
With everyone blocking on the St. Paul offensive line, the dynamic duo of Ben Pryor and Pierce Piana was able to slice and dice the Oxford defense for over 300 yards, setting up several scoring drives and first down rushes.
The victory by the Falcons (5-5) reversed a three-game losing streak for the club.
Oxford fell to 3-7 to close things out but early in the showdown, the Wolverines made a game of it.
But thanks to the St. Paul defense – and four interceptions by the unit – doom and demise followed the visitors.
However, the contest was afoot early.
The Wolverines’ Adam Baktis nabbed a 54 pass touchdown from QB Tyler Jacob and quickly, Oxford grabbed a 7-0 edge that would not last.
The St. Paul offense took charge from there, as did the Falcons defense – leading to the entourage of points by the home squad.
To start the scoring barrage, Pryor rushed in a five yard touchdown and to end the first period, Pryor went to work defensively.
He snared a pass from Jacob, ran it in for a 31 interception return touchdown to make it a 14-7 contest after twelve minutes of action.
Over the second stanza, Oxford’s defense came up empty and Pryor scored once again.
This time, the St. Paul back scrambled all the way into the goal for a 50 yard TD run and when Chris Dionne sprinted in a two-point conversion, St. Paul led 22-7 – a tally that held into the half.
Out of intermission, three additional touchdowns made the thing academic.
To open the third tilt, Pryor scored again – on a 57 run – while Piana added a touchdown via a 15 yard dash as St. Paul led 38-7.
Finally, Piana ran in a two yard touchdown score and when St. Paul QB Kyle DeForge punched in a two-point conversion, the contest was out of reach for Oxford, trailing 46-7.
In a reserve filled final period, Jacob found Baktis for a 22 yard touchdown but in the end, the 46-13 final allowed the Falcons to finish a credible .500 for the season.
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By MICHAEL LETENDRE