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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.

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