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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.

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