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Monday, July 10, 2017

Pioneers Overwhelm Sting 45-6

Two Cleve McCoy touchdown passes and a swarming Pioneers secondary that picked off Sting quarterbacks three times helped the St. Paul Pioneers top the Battle Creek Sting 45-6 Saturday night at Sea Foam Stadium.

On a beautiful night for football, the Pioneers opened the scoring with a Jay Harding field goal. They never looked back.

Daireus Mock scored on an 80-yard touchdown run and an Isiah Sims short touchdown plunge, set up by a Shaq Theus interception, put the Pioneers up 17-0 in the second quarter. A long Sting touchdown pass closed the gap a bit. But the Sting missed the extra point and would not score again on the night as the Pioneers led 17-6. Mock had 124 yards rushing on just 7 attempts. Sims finished with 69 yards on 14 attempts and leads the league with 798 yards on the ground.

A McCoy to Juice Akins strike put the Pioneers up 24-6. Then Brandon Murdock, who continually harassed Sting ball carriers and quarterbacks all night, single-handedly beat his man, sacked the Sting quarterback, stripped the ball and recovered the fumble. McCoy wasted little time, hitting Delane Woods with his second TD toss and giving St. Paul a 31-6 lead. McCoy, a product of South Carolina State University, finished the night 9 of 11 passing, for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 158.3.

Dominic Peace returned his first interception of the game 70 yards for a score and a second Peace interception later in the end zone snuffed the best Sting opportunity to hit pay dirt in the third quarter. Peace has four interceptions on the season, and two touchdowns.

A did-you-see-that sideline grab of a Dennis Gudim pass by Akins set up the final touchdown of the night, a 38-yard burst up the left sideline by Hershel Brazell.

Players of the game:
Special Teams - Jay Harding.
Offense - Cleve McCoy.
Defense - Brandon Murdock and Dominic Peace.

The Pioneers, 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the West Division of the NEFL, head to Fargo, ND, next week to play the Invaders as the regular season nears its conclusion. The game has playoff seeding implications as the winning team will have the inside track to home field advantage.

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