St. Paul's overwhelms Western Tech in home football opener

St. Paul's coach Paul Bernstorf came into Friday's non-league battle against Western Tech determined to pump up the Crusaders' passing attack.

It worked.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, everything else the home team tried was in nearly perfect form in a 62-7 mismatch in Brooklandville.

The Crusaders ran, passed, kicked and did almost everything else they wanted in the rout, bolting to a 34-0 lead in the first quarter and a 55-0 halftime advantage.

"We had short fields and we capitalized," said Bernstorf, whose team was almost as good while putting a 40-14 whipping on Perry Hall the week before. "It was difficult for their defense from the get-go because their offense couldn't get out of its end of the field."

By the time St. Paul's had run seven plays from scrimmage, senior running back Dale Harris amassed 119 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries.

The onslaught continued when sophomore quarterback Anthony Pino tossed short touchdown passes to senior Rob Suite and junior Kaylon Johnson for a 34-0 margin.

Senior running back Tre Hamer added two scoring jaunts before sophomore backup quarterback Jack Pollard added a third on a 5-yard burst up the middle.

Mercifully, in a game that was delayed for 35 minutes when a woman fell backwards in the stands and had to be taken to a hospital in a Baltimore County Fire Dept. emergency vehicle, a running clock was instituted and quarters shortened in the second half.

However, at least the Wolverines were able to gather themselves enough to put together a 15-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 1-yard, fourth-down plunge by senior Payton Beachum.




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