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Friday, December 23, 2016

Pioneers tab Hjelm as offensive line coach

Pioneers tab Hjelm as new offensive line coach Erik Hjelm, an original Pioneer stalwart of the team’s first offensive line, will be St. Paul’s offensive line coach in 2017. A graduate of Roseville’s Alexander Ramsey High School and Anoka Ramsey Community College, Hjelm brings years of playing and coaching experience – and more than a bit of a snarl – to the Pioneers’ staff. Besides playing during the Pioneers inaugural season in 2002, Hjelm also played and coached with the former Oakdale Outlaws. For the past eight years, he has coached in the St. Francis school district and also coached in Roseville. Erik, a master plumber, brings intensity and attention to detail to his weekly work with the Pioneers’ offensive linemen and is tasked with molding several experienced players with a group of promising youngsters. Welcome home, Erik.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Former Pioneers owner named general manager

Former Pioneers owner named general manager One of the most critical cogs in St. Paul Pioneers history is once again taking on a major role with the seven-time champions of the Northern Elite Football League. George “Juice” Hall, a team board member and former owner, has been named general manager for the 2017 season. By elevating Juice to this key role, the Pioneers continue working to strengthen their future by also tightening the ties to their past. Juice began his legacy in local semi-pro football in 1995 as a player in the old Mid-America Football League, winning a title as a member of the Minneapolis Lumberjacks in 2001. He would help start the St. Paul Pioneers in 2002, acting as a player, then sideline manager and, ultimately, team owner in 2008 and 2009. The 2009 squad achieved a longtime dream, winning the North American Football League championshiop with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Storm in Miami, Fla. The next year, the Pioneers reorganized to form a volunteer board of directors and Juice became a key board member for NEFL championship teams in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. During that time, the Pioneers won USA Bowl National Championships after the 2012 and 2014 seasons. In all, Juice has been a part of 17 championship teams and in 2013 was voted to the AFA semi-pro Hall of Fame as an executive. Now, Juice, a medical software IMP analyst, intends to keep the Pioneers building for championships to come. He assumes the GM role from Head Coach Mark Heiser, who will continue leading the Pioneers on the field on game days.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pioneers add experienced coach to defensive side of the ball

Dave Ladd has joined the St. Paul Pioneers coaching staff for the 2017 season. An experienced high school and semi-pro coach, Dave will be the Pioneers linebackers coach, helping the St. Paul defense continue its tradition of excellence. Prior to joining the Pioneers, Dave was the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for the South Metro Patriots of the Northern States Football League. In 2014, Dave was the defensive line coach for the Mid-America Fighting Orioles team that won the NSFL championship. Dave also has coached with the North Bank Bulls of the Northern Elite Football League and the Minnesota Vixen of the Independent Women’s Football League. Dave has coached extensively at the high school level, previously coaching at Bloomington Kennedy High School, St. Louis Park High School and Academy of Holy Angels High School in Richfield. He also serves on the board of directors for the Valley Athletic Association in Apple Valley, MN. In his playing days, he was a member of back-to-back undefeated state championship teams in Hutchinson, MN. His says his coaching philosophy is centered upon “developing better football players, attention to detail, personal responsibility and the value of teamwork.” When he is not coaching, Dave runs a government relations and strategic communications consulting firm, RDL & Associates. He is an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and loves spending every spare moment he can with his 6-year-old son, Ryan. Welcome to the Pioneers, Dave!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Reigning NEFL Champions set Jan. 7 tryout at Sea Foam

Once again, the St. Paul Pioneers -- winners of seven consevutive NEFL crowns -- are searching for players with the talent, the drive and the character to be champions. We are looking for outstanding players at ALL position groups. We are one of the best amateur football teams in the nation because each year we are joined by new players whose talents and contributions make us stronger. Will that be you this year? Join us under the bubble at Concordia University-St. Paul's Sea Foam Stadium. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost to try out for new players is $20. Players who finished the 2016 season on the Pioneers roster will be admitted free. Wear workout clothes and football shoes. You will be tested in a number of football specific drills. We hope to see you there!

Pioneers hold 2016 Awards Banquet

The seven-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers held their 2016 Celebration Banquet Sunday at O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul. It was a great night. Team Mom Marla Collins and Team Heartbeat George "Juice" Hall pulled together a terrific program, filled with an awesome highlight video, fantastic photos and a whole vault full of memories. Honored for their outstanding contributions and performances were:
President's Award: Rick Barrett Deanie Hooks Volunteer Award: Thomas (Tom) Kelly, Griffin Pocock and Mike Kelly. Team MVP: Ronald Zollicoffer. Offense MVP: Ronald Zollicoffer and Cleve McCoy. Defense MVP: Lionel Lamarre and Jeff McGaster. Special Teams MVP: Bobby Wright. Lineman of the Year: Alvin Johnson. Rookie of the Year: Desmond Stevenson. Pioneer Award: Donte Pettis. Most Yards Rushing: Ronald Zollicoffer. Most Touchdowns: Ronald Zollicoffer. Most Receptions: Ronald Zollicoffer. Most Tackles: Jeff McGaster. Most Sacks: Jeff McGaster. Most Interceptions: Lional Lamarre. Receiving NEFL League Awards were: League MVP: Ronald Zollicoffer. All NEFL: Ronald Zollicoffer, Cleve McCoy, Jeff McGaster, Patrick Mitambo, Brandon Murdock, Lionel Lamarre, Donte Pettis, Desmond Stevenson. All NEFL Honorable Mention: Cory Brenner, Delane Woods, Joseph Mapson.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pioneers contribute to Gridiron Glory at the Minnesota History Center

The seven-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers were invited by the Minnesota History Center to help conduct their Gridiron Glory weekend Sept. 24, as the Pioneers joined Minnesota Vikings greats Mick Tinglehoff, Carl Eller and Paul Krause in celebrating Minnesota's place among football immortality. Pioneers players and coaches conducted drills for young people on the History Center lawn on a cool, football-weather day. Here are some of Marla Collins' awesome photos of a great day.

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pioneers defense rising to the challenge

It was starting to look like one of those games where the defense and the offense were competing to see who could score the most points.

After a first quarter that saw Pioneers running back Ronald Zollicoffer score three touchdowns -- two by rushing and one by punt return -- and Pioneers receiver Joseph Mapson snare a touchdown catch of his own, the Pioneers defense got into the act. In a big way.

LL pick six.
On the last play of the first half and with the Minnesota Valley Warriors threatening to score, defensive back Lionel Lamarre snared a Warriors pass in the Pioneers end zone. His bobbing and weaving run, helped by a crushing block from defensive back Desmond Stevenson, resulted in a 106-yard interception return for a score.

After Mapson's second touchdown catch from quarterback Cleve McCoy, Lamarre would do it again ... although after a much shorter run. Lamarre stepped in front of a Warriors receiver and nearly walked into the end zone from about 25 yards out.

Brenner scores after interception.
The Pioneers defense scored its third touchdown of the game when linebacker Corey Brenner grabbed his second interception of the day and, like Lamarre before him, weaved into the end zone from about 30 yards out.

Rob Wills with a sack.
St. Paul closed out the scoring with a two-point conversion by Mapson and a 15-yard touchdown run by running back Ernest Tucker.

The game was not only a chance for the Pioneers defense to get offensive, but it proved it could be pretty stingy as well., The Pioneers intercepted six Warriors passes on the day on their way to St. Paul's fifth shutout of the season -- 62-0.



St. Paul closes out its regular season this coming Saturday at Park of Cottage Grove High School, as the Pioneers face the North Bank Bulls in a rematch of an earlier loss. St. Paul lost to the Bulls 16-7 in a defensive game. If the Pioneers hope to win the division and earn a first round playoff bye, their defense needs to play even better.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Pioneers' youth camp a success!

Pioneers Youth Football Camp
Sat July 16, 2016
By Pete Globa


The St Paul Pioneers held its eighth annual Capital City Youth Football Camp on Saturday, July 16, at St. Paul’s Rice/Arlington turf field

The Pioneers offensive players who participated in the camp, included: 
A. QB: Dennis Gudim
B. Running backsIsiah Sims & Earnest Tucker
C. O-Linemen: Jacob Husnik & Alex Christen

Defensive players at the camp included
A. Linebackers: Jay Pearson & Demetric Middleton
B. Def Backs: Desmond Stevenson

Coaches: Jason Grendzinski & Pete Globa

Board Member: Marla Collins

To start off the camp, all eight Pioneers players taught 3(our biggest turnout) future tackle football playersages 8-14, proper technique for offensive positions such as quarterback, running back, wide receiver and offensive line. 

Then, after a brief water break, the focus switched to defense, where the kids were put through defensive line drills, linebacker drills and defensive back drills

The camp concluded with a touch football game, which was enjoyed by all who participated. The Pioneers players were coaches and could be heard cheering their respective teams from the sidelines
The kids were revved up too, cheering before each playEach camper received two free tickets to that afternoon’s game versusthe MN Valley Warriors and could see how their favorite Pioneer played.

Pioneers go Blonde!

TEAM BLOND BLURB

The St Paul Pioneers are proud to be involved with and promote Alzheimer's Association RivALZ, which is a volunteer-driven event that engages young professionals in friendly but fierce flag football games around the country. The event raises funds to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.


To learn more about RivALZhttp://act.alz.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=8667

Additionally, you are invited to join Blondes vs. Brunettes Twin Cities as they tackle Alzheimer's disease on Saturday September 10 at Concordia's Seafoam Stadium! 

Divided on the field, yet united in the cause, two teams compete in a single flag football game to inspire fundraising, awareness, and action in the fight against Alzheimer's. 

Blondes vs. Brunettes, Twin Cities supports our local Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Learn more and donate at alz.org/bvb


See you Saturday September 10 at Seafoam Stadium!












Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pioneers sprint past, shut out Warriors

Final from Sea Foam: Pioneers 62 Warriors 0.
Players of the Game:
Offense - Ronald Zollicoffer with four TDs.
Defense - Lionel Lamarre, with two interception returns for touchdowns, including one for 106 yards.
Special Teams - John Ostertag.
With the win, the Pioneers improve to 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the NEFL. St. Paul travels to Cottage Grove next Saturday to face the North Bank Bulls, who beat the Pioneers earlier this season 16-7.
The teams will play their final regular season game, with first place in the NEFL West at stake.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pioneers throttle Sting 48-0

The St. Paul Pioneers defeated the Minnesota Sting 48-0 at Sea Foam Stadium, as quarterback Cleve McCoy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and the Pioneers defense held the Sting offense to less than 20 yards on the day.
Running back Ronald Zollicoffer had two touchdown runs, receiver Justin Miles had two touchdown catches and receiver Joseph Mapson caught a touchdown pass. Pioneers kickers Jay Harding and Eric Ellestad each hit a field goal.
Defensive back Shaquille Theus and linebacker Demetric Middleton had interceptions for St. Paul.
With the win, the Pioneers improve to 5-1 in the NEFL, 6-3 overall.
Players of the Game:
Offense - Cleve McCoy and Justin Miles.
Defense - Jeff McGaster.
Special Teams - Jay Harding.

Pioneers Host Youth Football Clinic

7th Annual
St Paul Pioneers-Capital City Youth Football Clinic


Sat July 16, 2016
NOON - 2 PM


Rice & Arlington Sports Complex Turf Field
1500 Rice Street, St Paul MN 55117


Free to Ages: 8-14

To register: Call Municipal Athletics at 651-558-2255

Instructors: Pioneer Semi-Pro Players & Coaches

Learn individual and team techniques on both offense and de­fense. This is a non-padded camp. Shorts & shoes (football or tennis) are required.


Participants will receive 2 free tickets to the
St. Paul Pioneers vs. MN Valley Warriors Semi-Pro football game
Saturday July 16
GAME TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Sea Foam Stadium-Concordia University (281 Hamline Ave)

For more clinic information, contact Pete Globa at peter@pioneersfootball.org
For additional information on Pioneers Football go to www.pioneersfootball.org



Sponsored by Tin Cup's Restaurant

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pioneers hosting first ever 5k run July 30 at Lake Phalen

Are you a runner?

A walker?

Do you just like to get out and move?

Please join the St. Paul Pioneers on Saturday, July 30 for the Pioneers First Annual 5K Fun Run. The event will be held at Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul. On-site registration starts at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9. Print and fill out the form below, or go to our online registration link below.

We hope to see you there!




Saturday, July 30, 2016, Phalen Park, 9:00 am
 Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Start / finish line is by the Picnic pavilion, 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106  
Appearances by the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Vikings alum Ricky Young.
All participants will receive a T-shirt and medal.
Name________________________________________________________________________________
Address______________________________________________________City_____________________
State_____________  ZIP______________ Phone____________________________________________
E-mail:______________________________________________________________________________
Registration Fees:    $35.00 Runners _____   $25.00 Walkers_______
T-shirt size, Adult’s        S       M        L        XL      XXL     XXXL
I_______________________________________________________, for myself, my heirs and executors, in consideration of any participation in the St. Paul Pioneers 5K Fun Run release and hold harmless the ‘St. Paul Pioneers’, municipalities, sponsors and their directors, officers, employees, volunteers or agents, collectively called the ‘event group’, from and all claims for damages or injuries which I suffer in connection with this event. I give my consent to the ‘event group’ to use my name, likeness, voice, photos, recordings or videos taken publically at this event.
Signed _______________________________________________                  Date_________________________
I can’t participate this year, but please accept my donation of $____________________


                              Send your form and payment to:
St. Paul Pioneers Football Club
795 Winterberry Draw
Woodbury, MN 55125

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Pioneers fall in non-league battle, face season-ending stretch of league games

The St. Paul Pioneers fell to the Kansas City Bulldogs 16-14 in a knock-down, drag-out battle between two top Midwestern squads. The Pioneers had a chance to win the game in the end, but missed a 38-yard field goal will less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Kansas City led 10-0 at halftime, but the Pioneers' defense came storming back. Safety Desmond Stevenson returned a fumble for a touchdown and QB Cleve McCoy scored a rushing TD to take a 14-10 lead.

But the Bulldogs showed their own defensive ability. They scored a fourth quarter touchdown after a Pioneers fumble to retake the lead.

With the loss, the Pioneers fall to 5-3 overall, 4-1 in the NEFL West.. St. Paul closes the season after the 4th of July bye with three straight games to finish the NEFL regular season. The Pioneers' next game is July 9 against the Minnesota Sting at Sea Foam Stadium.

The Pioneers trail the North Bank Bulls by a game in the Minnesota division, after losing to the Bulls earlier this year. The Bulls and Pioneers play the last game of the regular season.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pioneers score points in bunches before heat leads to quiet second half

The St. Paul Pioneers won their second game in a row, and improved to 4-2 overall, with a 48-9 win over the Minnesota Sting in Woodbury.
On a sweltering day that had on-field temperatures nearing 100 degrees and both teams scrambling to stay hydrated, the Pioneers raced to a 41-0 halftime lead.
Pioneers scoring included running back Ronald Zollicoffer, running back DeMario Walton, running back Ernest Tucker, receiver Tyree Jones, receiver Delane Woods, receiver Joseph Mapson and receiver Bradley Landrum. Defensive back Bobby Wright snared two interceptions. Safety Desmond Stevenson and linebacker Patrick Mitambo also had interceptions.
Players of the game:
Offense - Ronald Zollicoffer.
Special Teams- Riza Mahmoud.
Defense - Bobby Wright and Patrick Mitambo.
The Pioneers play at the Minnesota Brawlers next week. St. Paul defeated the Brawlers last week 34-0.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pioneers bruise Brawlers 34-0, improve to 3-2.

Playing behind a backup quarterback and missing several defensive starters, the St. Paul Pioneers nonetheless returned to their winning ways on Saturday, June 4, with a 34-0 home field rout of the Minnesota Brawlers.

Quarterback Bryan Trulen led an efficient Pioneers offensive attack, while defensive end Kirk Eggleston scored a touchdown on a fumble return and consistently harassed the Brawlers signal-caller. Running backs Ronald Zollicoffer, Ernest Tucker and Isiah Sims had rushing touchdowns and Zollicoffer had a touchdown reception, following a dizzying run after snaring a Trulen pass.

The Pioneers, now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the NEFL, travel to East Ridge High School in Woodbury to take on the Minnesota Sting in another conference battle. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Players of the game:
Offense - Bradley Landrum. 
Defense - Kirk Eggleston. 
Special Teams - Deon Phillips.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pioneers fall to Bulls in defensive battle

The North Bank Bulls converted three second-half field goals to defeat the St. Paul Pioneer 16-7 Saturday.

It was the Pioneers' second loss in a row and leaves the defending NEFL champs 1-1 in league play and 2-2 overall.

It was the Bulls first victory - ever - over the Pioneers. They did it by playing strong defense. The Pioneers' only points came on an interception return for a touchdown by safety Desmond Stevenson.

The Pioneers have a bye next week before returning to action June 4.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Pioneers fall to Blaze in Capital City Classic

The St. Paul Pioneers dropped a hard fought battle against the Des Moines Blaze 32-13.
St. Paul and Des Moines were tied 7-7 after the first quarter and the Pioneers trailed 16-13 at the half.
The Blaze intercepted the first Pioneers pass of the second half and scored one play later to take a 23-13 lead. It was all Des Moines after that, as the Pioneers turned the ball over six times on the night.
St. Paul scored two touchdowns - both on passes from Cleve McCoy to Rashem Sharpe.
The Pioneers are now 2-1 on the season, 1-0 in the NEFL. St. Paul hosts the North Bank Bulls May 21.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Photos from the Warriors game... a 52-0 Pioneers victory.

Sims finds daylight.

O line working.

Coach Mark Heiser and the sideline.

D line.

Mitambo on the tackle.

Pettis with a pick six.

Zollicoffer making moves.

All photos by Marla Collins.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pioneers open NEFL season with a romp in Minnetonka

Pioneers running back Ronald Zollicoffer rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and the swarming Pioneers defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns in defeating the Minnesota Valley Warriors 52-0 Saturday in Minnetonka.
Safety Donte Pettis and cornerback Desmond Stevenson each had long returns to paydirt after picking off Warrior passes.
Pioneers quarterback Cleveland McCoy threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns in a completely dominating performance by the six-time NEFL champion Pioneers.
On defense, the Pioneers were led by tackle Jeff McGaster, who had seven tackles and two sacks, defensive end Brandon Murdock, who had seven tackles, and linebacker Patrick Mitambo, who recorded six tackles and a sack.
Defensive end Rob Wills notched two sacks in the game.
Running back Jamal McNutt rushed for a touchdown late in the game. Receivers Joseph Mapson, Bradley Landrum and Rashem Sharpe also had TD catches.
It was the first regular season NEFL game of 2016 for both teams. The Pioneers led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime in a game where they were never challenged. The Pioneers are now 2-0 in 2016 and have outscored their first two opponents 117-0.
Players of the Game were:
Offense - Ronald Zollicoffer.
Defense - Donte Pettis and Jeff McGaster.
Special teams - kicker Eric Ellestad.
St. Paul travels to Des Moines this coming Saturday to take on the defending MFA champion Blaze in the teams' annual Capital City Classic contest. Des Moines won the first two games of the series in 2013 and 2014, with St. Paul winning last season at Sea Foam Stadium.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

15 Years of Excellence: Pioneers Homecoming 2016

The Saint Paul Pioneers are honored to have had many fine players, volunteers and staff play and participate with the Cardinal and Black over our 15 seasons. We want to invite all of them back to celebrate the team's success and longevity.

More details to come.

Date: June 25.

Time: 7 p.m.

Admission: Free to ALL former Pioneers players, coaches and volunteers who RSVP.












We will have more details soon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pioneers open season Friday night under the lights!

Please join the St. Paul Pioneers as we take on the Granite City Renegades in a non-league tilt at Sea Foam Stadium on the campus of Concordia University-St. Paul. This is the third year in a row that the Pioneers and Renegades have opened the season at Sea Foam.

The Renegades from St. Cloud are members of the Northern States Football League and are perennial contenders for their league championship. The Pioneers in 2015 won the Northern Elite Football League title for the sixth season in a row, but lost to the Muskegon Mustangs in the USA Bowl National Championship in Daytona, Fla., to put the only blemish on their record last season.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $10; children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.