It could’ve been a repeat of St. Clair’s game against Washington a week before.
The Bulldogs (1-1) got off to a quick start, the lights went out after halftime and then De Soto (0-2) got back in the game.
St. Clair wasn’t about to let that happen again, though, as they finished the game with a 32-22 victory in football action Friday.
“It took forever. Just a long game, lots of stuff, lots of ups and downs,” St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell said. “The kids did a pretty good job. Coming out of half I felt pretty good and then we hit that light delay, which, unfortunately, is something that is too common right now. But the kids responded at the end when we had to, we made a play when we had to, and got a couple lucky breaks, so I’m happy for the kids.”
The Bulldogs scored quick and often in the first half.
St. Clair got on the board just 16 seconds into the game when junior Ian McQueen returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and the extra point put the Bulldogs ahead 7-0.
McQueen had four receptions for 42 yards in the game.
The Bulldogs’ defense helped the scoring cause by tackling a De Soto player in the end zone for a safety to make it 9-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Senior Skyler Hutchison had a big game for the Bulldogs. He scored his first of two touchdowns on a five-yard run with five seconds to play in the first quarter.
“He’s a hard runner,” McDowell said of Hutchison. “We tried to get him the ball in some certain spots and he did a pretty good job running hard. He ran harder this week for the full game than he did last week so that was good to see.”
Hutchison ran for 194 yards on 23 carries. He also was a perfect 4-4 on extra point attempts and had three solo tackles.
After De Soto got on the board with a one-yard run by Connor Bothell, Hutchison scored his second touchdown on a 54-yard run with 6:45 left in the first half.
St. Clair’s final score of the half came from a 36-yard pass from Collin Scott to Alex Miller and put the Bulldogs up 30-7. Scott completed 10 of 23 passes for 163 yards in the game.
Just 40 seconds into the second half, some of the stadium lights went out, causing about a 20-minute delay. After that De Soto scored 15 consecutive points to pull within eight points of the Bulldogs.
“They caught the momentum,” McDowell said. “They’ve got some play makers. They’ve got some kids over there that are pretty good players and they got it to them and they made some plays. We made some mistakes. It was a deal where they caught the momentum and rode it for a little bit, but fortunately we stopped it and got it ourselves a little bit and we scored. It was up and down.”
St. Clair’s defense shut down De Soto in the fourth quarter and scored the final points of the game on a safety with 3:42 left to play.
“We started to slip there, but we pulled it back together and came home with the win,” Hutchison said. “That was awesome.”
Defensively the Bulldogs were led by Collin Avery who had six solo tackles against the Dragons.
Harley Love had six total tackles and Kevin Cox had five tackles.
St. Clair had 363 yards of total offense in the game, 212 yards rushing and 151 yards receiving.
Evander Sprinks had two catches for 14 yards and five carries for 16 yards. Cox had one catch for 30 yards and Love had two catches for 29 yards. Miller had five carries for eight yards.
St. Clair heads to Pacific for both teams’ first Four Rivers Conference game of the season.
The Indians (1-1) faced off against De Soto in week 1 and won 28-21.
“I’ve just seen a little bit on them because De Soto played them last week, so as we were watching De Soto film we were able to see a little bit of them,” McDowell said. “I don’t know much about them. We’ll start with them this week.”
The Bulldogs rolled to a 49-7 victory against the Indians last season.
“It’ll be an awesome battle,” Hutchison said. “I can’t wait.”
McDowell thinks one major area of improvement for the Bulldogs is in their consistency.
“We’re still learning,” McDowell said. “Guys are still learning how to play four quarters. We’re still building. Just trying to learn from what we did good and bad and fix what we did bad.”
Pacific lost at Potosi 28-26 last Friday.
Pacific quarterback Lucas Zurliene was 7-14 passing, throwing for 70 yards with three interceptions. He rushed for 47 yards on seven carries.
Quarterback Eain Roberts was 2 for 5 for 58 yards and one touchdown. He ran for 64 yards on six carries.
Chris Klenke had 82 yards on three receptions for the Indians.
Tanner Brown and Caleb Moman each had 25 yards on nine carries in the loss to Potosi.
Dustin Cowsert had six total tackles for Pacific. Logan Wells had seven total tackles, Klenke had five total tackles and Scott Roberts had four.
De Soto 0-7-15-0-22
St. Clair 16-14-0-2-32
S-Ian McQueen 90 kickoff return (Skyler Hutchison kick), 11:44
S-Hutchison 5 run (Hutchison kick), :05
D-Connor Bothell 1 run (Cameron Krupp kick), 8:08
S-Hutchison 54 run (Hutchison kick), 6:45
S-Alex Miller 25 pass from Collin Scott (Hutchison kick), :47
D-Garrett Keath 18 run (Krupp kick), 9:02
D-Keath 5 run (kick failed), 2:23