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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pioneers top Preds 28-10 to win 7th straight NEFL crown.

Thanks to a 28-point first-half scoring barrage and a defense that harassed, hounded and abused Chippewa Valley quarterbacks all night, the St. Paul Pioneers are Champs! Again! St. Paul won its 7th straight NEFL crown, and 8th straight league championship overall, with a 28-10 victory over the Chippewa Valley Predators in Eau Claire, Wis. League MVP Ronald Zollicoffer got the scoring started with a first-half scamper, and would wind up scoring three touchdowns on the night. But bruising running back Ernest Tucker would capture offensive player of the game honors with several critical fourth quarter runs when the Pioneers were trying to keep the ball away from the Preds and run out the clock. Defensive back Donte Pettis also had a big impact on the outcome, playing tight coverage all night and scoring the Pioneers second touchdown after picking off a Keldric Stokes pass and returning it to paydirt. Stokes would later be knocked out of the game after a punishing hit by defensive tackle Jeff McGaster. Before he was hurt in the second quarter, Stokes completed only 3 of 11 passes for 25 yards and an interception. Stokes' replacement, receiver Jauhem Byrd, didn't fare much better. He finished 6 of 20 passing, for 61 yards and an interception by Pioneers defensive back Brock Keaton, which helped snuff out another Chippewa Valley drive. The Pioneers finish the season 10-3 overall and 9-1 in the NEFL. The Predators were 12-0 before running into the Pioneers buzz saw. St. Paul led 28-0 at halftime. The win is the 102nd victory by Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser, as well as his and the team's eighth straight league championship to go along with three national titles. Players of the game: Offense - Ernest Tucker. Defense - Donte Pettis and Brock Keaton. Special teams - Jamal McNutt.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pioneers win West 17-0. Tickets on sale for Elite Bowl in Eau Claire.

The St. Paul Pioneers defeated the North Bank Bulls 17-0 Saturday to earn a seventh consecutive trip to the NEFL title game. This time, we will be on the road. The Pioneers game against the Predators this coming Saturday is sure to be epic. Pioneers fans: don't risk being shut out of getting a ticket. The game could be a sellout. We received the following information from Chippewa Valley: This game will sell out. Have any pioneer fans call and order tickets ahead to be sure they get them! They are $8 until Friday night and if it doesn't sell out by then they are $10 on game day. They can call anytime starting now to order. Tickets will be waiting for them at will call. 715.559.7417 whenever your fans wanna order! Should be a lot of fun!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pioneers had a ball working with North Area Titans and a former Minnesota Viking!

The St. Paul Pioneers take great pleasure in working with young people -- on football at camps, and just having fun. This week, several Pioneers volunteered to work with young players in the North End of St. Paul. Team president and special teams coordinator Pete Globa and several players had a ball. Here is Pete's post and some photos -- including former Minnesota Viking E.J. Henderson. THANK YOU PIONEERS Tyrese Brent Jay BeastMode Pearson Demetric Middleton Jacob Husnik Branden Weigman Jeff McGaster Leandro Limitless Dower Jamal McNutt Moses Louis Hubert Ernest Tucker You all did a great job demonstrating & teaching QB, O-line, RB and WR drills to the North Area Titans. There were over 60 kids in attendance at their Youth Football camp yesterday (Wed July 27 at Rice Rec Center in St Paul) Besides the drills, the campers heard some inspirational & motivational talks from Leandro and Earnest. EJ Henderson, former MN Viking, was also in attendance and helped out with Life Skills' lessons and a few drills. Thanks again guys!!

Pioneers again to coach at Taho camp.

The St. Paul Pioneers are once again honored to participate in one of the best youth football camps out there.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pioneers storm out for second half, beat Bulls

The Pioneers avenged their only loss in NEFL play, beating the North Bank Bulls 38-6.

St. Paul turned a 3-0 halftime lead into a rout with a dominating defense and an efficient offense that came alive once torrential rains subsided. Joseph Mapson caught two Cleve McCoy touchdown passes. Brock Keaton ran in a blocked field goal for a touchdown. And Donte Pettis returned an interception for a TD. Defensive end Rob Wills had several quarterback sacks, hits and hurries and intercepted a screen pass.

Players of the game:
Offense- Joseph Mapson and Cleve McCoy, with a huge assist from the offensive line.

Defense - Rob Wills.

Special Teams - Riza Mahmoud.

The win marks Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser's 100th victory in nine seasons leading the team

St. Paul wins the top seed in the Minnesota Division and will have a bye next week and play the winner of the Bulls-Brawlers game in two weeks. The game will be at Sea Foam Stadium.