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Monday, June 26, 2017

Pioneers turn over football, game, to Warriors

St. Paul fell to the Minneapolis Warriors 13-7 Saturday at Cooper High School.

The Pioneers fell behind early, when Warriors quarterback Aryton Scott hit Marcus Foster with a deep bomb. The 7-0 Minneapolis lead would last until late in the game, when Scott scored on a 1-yard sneak into the end zone after the Warriors returned an interception into the red zone. St. Paul blocked the extra point and trailed 13-0.

Throughout the game, the Pioneers were uncharacteristically sloppy with the football, turning it over a total of six times -- five interceptions and a fumble. Still, late in the contest, the Pioneers had some life when quarterback Cleve McCoy first hit receiver Cordero Jones with a deep pass over the middle and then passed to Juice Akins in stride to pull within 13-7. An onside kick was recovered by the Warriors, however, and Minneapolis ran out the clock to record the win.

The Pioneers are now 6-2 overall, 4-1 in NEFL play, heading into the Fourth of July bye week.

St. Paul will host the Battle Creek Sting July 8 in a return to Sea Foam Stadium.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's that time again! Time to take your kids to free Pioneers football camp!

8th Annual
Capital City - St Paul Pioneers
Youth Football Clinic

Sat July 8, 2017


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

Free to Ages: 8-14

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

Instructors: Pioneers 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. Battle Creek Sting Semi-Pro football game

Saturday July 8
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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Storms, lightning stop game at halftime, Pioneers top Bulldogs 14-3

The Pioneers defeated the Kansas City Bulldogs 14-3 in a game called after an hour lightning delay after halftime.
Isiah Sims put the Pioneers on the board first with a short touchdown run after a grinding Pioneers drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second.
It would take little time for the Bulldogs to strike back, however, returning the kickoff to the Pioneers' 15 yard line.
Two plays later and Kansas City had a first and goal at the Pioneers' 5.
The Cardinal and Black defense held and the Bulldogs had to settle for a field goal. They wouldn't get close to scoring again.
Cleve McCoy added a short touchdown run later in the second quarter and the Jay Harding extra point gave St. Paul a 14-3 lead.
Monsoon rains and a lightning show of more than an hour prompted officials to call the Game, giving the Pioneers the victory and a 6-1 record.
St. Paul travels to Cooper High School Saturday to face the surging Minneapolis Warriors in a return to NEFL action.
Kickoff is set for 1 pm.
Players of the Game:
Offense - Steve Giroux.
Defense - Caleb Huls.
Special Teams - Michael Van Leer and Jay Harding.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pioneers start slow, end fast, beat Sting 46-0

The Pioneers started slow Saturday in Woodbury, but by the time the game clock read 00:00, St. Paul was leaving with a 46-0 victory over the Battle Creek Sting.

St. Paul led 16-0 at halftime and struggled to get on track in the first quarter. The Pioneers' first points came on a safety, when Steve Robinson and linebacker Mike Juberian trapped a Sting receiver in the end zone on a bubble screen. An Isiah Sims TD run and a Cleve McCoy touchdown run ended the first half.

The third quarter was a different story, however, with the Pioneers scoring on offense, defense and special teams.

First, the special teams. Cornerback Dominic Peace fielded a bouncing punt -- the kind that makes coaches say "No, No!" and returned it for a weaving 55-yard touchdown.

Then Michael Van Leer grabbed a sweep and, with a nifty cut between receivers Dejonte Skie and Stacy Kalkwarf who were tying up defenders downfield, scored his first semi-pro touchdown.
The Pioneers closed out the third quarter scoring with another safety, on a bad snap on a punt, and a McCoy to Kalkwarf touchdown pass.

A Trey Keenan interception, also his first in semi-pro, would lead to a long fourth quarter drive, kept alive by an ooooh-inspiring leaping catch of a Dennis Gudim pass by tight end Davarus Brannigan. Sims scored his second touchdown of the game a few plays later, making the final 46-0.

Several Pioneers had strong games, including linebacker Jay BeastMode Pearson, Van Leer, defensive tackle Tyrese Brent and safety Bobby Wright.

Players of the Game:
Offense - Stacy Kalkwarf and Dejonte Skie.
Defense - Jeff McGaster, with a sack and several tackles for loss.
Special Teams - Dominic Peace.
The Pioneers travel to Kansas City next week to take on the Bulldogs in non-league action.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pioneers dominate early, hold off Fargo late

The St. Paul Pioneers jumped all over the visiting Fargo Invaders Saturday at Sea Foam Stadium, turning two defensive touchdowns into a dominating 34-7 halftime lead.

Good thing. Because Fargo, previously unbeaten in their first season in the Northern Elite Football League and winners of 14 straight games dating back to their previous league, refused to fold, staying within striking distance until the very end of the Pioneers 47-28 victory.

It sure began in a lopsided way, with Dominic Peace of the Pioneers returning a first quarter interception for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The lead would grow to 14-0, after a nice touchdown run by Daireus Mock. Quarterback Cleve McCoy would hit receiver Dejonte Skie with a touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 20-0 lead and linebacker Phil Breidall returned a fumble, forced by defensive tackle Jeff McGaster, for another touchdown and a 27-0 lead.

Immediately after Fargo drove the field to get on the board at 27-7, McCoy struck again, hitting receiver Stacy Kalkwarf with a 60-yard bomb before the half and a 34-7 lead.

The second half proved to be a more competitive game, and a bigger challenge for the Pioneers, as Fargo scored twice in the third quarter, once on a return of a McCoy fumble, while running back Isiah Sims scored to keep Fargo trailing 40-20 going into the fourth. St. Paul's running game though, led by Sims, who had 138 yards and leads the league in rushing, held the Invaders at bay. After a late Fargo touchdown and 2-point conversion closed the gap to 40-28, St. Paul's offense dominated 4th quarter time of possession for nearly 9 minutes before Mock scored one more time to end the contest.

Breidall led the Pioneers defense with 12 total tackles on the night. In addition to Sims, Mock had 74 yards rushing and two scores and is second in NEFL rushing.

Players of the Game:
Offense - Isiah Sims and Daireus Mock.
Defense - Dominic Peace. Special Teams - Eric Ellestad.

St. Paul, now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the NEFL, heads to Woodbury next week to take on the Battle Creek Sting.