By Mike Marler
Missourian Sports Writer
Playing on the road, the St. Clair Bulldogs remained undefeated with a 30-13 win Friday at Potosi.
The Bulldogs (2-0) used big plays and a stingy defense in defeating the Trojans (1-1)
St. Clair Head Coach Brian Robbins felt his defense stepped up and played well.
“We told our kids it was going to be a ball game and it was,” said Robbins. “It was not easy tonight, hats off to our kids and hats off to our defense they played well.”
On its first five possessions, Potosi’s average starting position was on the 50-yard line. In their first five possessions, the Bulldogs averaged starting at their own 15. But with the help of big plays and a stout defense, the Bulldogs led 20-6 at half.
St. Clair scored first after a 42-yard run by Kamalei Bursey to put the Bulldogs in scoring position. Harry Ramos scored from three yards out to give them the lead 6-0 at 7:51. The extra point attempt failed.
Potosi was unable to move the ball on the ground against the Bulldogs, so it took to the air to get something going. St. Clair’s defense stepped up.
“Blaine Dace and Tyler Stark had a heck of a game,” said Robbins. “Those kids are just getting better with every rep.”
The Bulldogs scored again in the second quarter when quarterback Tim Hoffman scored from 75 yards out at 10:20. The two-point conversion was no good and the Bulldogs led 12-0.
The Trojans’ first score came after a Bulldog fumble that Potosi recovered at the St. Clair 26. Andrew Coleman ran it in from one yard out for Potosi. The extra point was no good making the score 12-6 with 36 seconds left in the half.
That was too much time to give the Bulldogs.
Dalton Thompson returned the ensuing kick off to the Potosi 48-yard line.
On the second play Hoffman connected with Stark for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Bursey added the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 20-6 halftime lead.
St. Clair added a seven-yard touchdown run by Hoffman after the Bulldog defense stopped the Trojans on fourth and one from the 40. Landon Roberts added the extra point for a 27-6 St. Clair lead at 7:46 in the third quarter.
Demond Guthrie scored on a 76-yard run to end the third quarter for Potosi, Zach Haynes kicked the extra point to make the score 27-13 after three quarters.
Roberts booted a 28-yard field goal for a final of 30-13 St. Clair.
“It was a good win over a tough opponent,” said Robbins. “Kind of interesting in that we beat their defending conference champion last week and they defeated our defending conference champion last week.”
St. Clair rushed for 306 yards on 45 carries for three touchdowns.
Hoffman led all rushers with 119 yards and two touchdowns. Rushing for 79 yards each was Ramos (one touchdown) and Bursey.
Rounding out the rushing attack were Lance McCoy (16 yards), Anthoni White (10 yards) and Caleb Smith (three yards).
Hoffman was 1-2 passing for 44 yards and a touchdown. Stark the reception.
Defensively the Bulldogs were led by Ryan Barrett with eight tackles, one assist and a sack.
Thompson recorded seven tackles and four assists. With four tackles each were Bursey (three assists), Ramos (two assists), Mardariries Miles (one assist) and Luke Feddersen.
Recording three tackles each were Roberts (three assists), Aaron Herman (one assist) and White (one assist).
Rounding it out with one tackle each were Jacob Hawkins (one assist), Tanner Durham, Bailey Smith, Ethan Talleur, McCoy, Dace and Stark.
Week 3 Preview
Coach Robbins knows the Bulldogs have to come ready for the Pacific Indians (0-2) next week at St. Clair.
“Conference play begins next week against Pacific,” said Robbins. “I told the kids we were 2-0 this time last year and that game cost us a conference championship. We went over a played a good football team and lost. I am not sure we were ready to play, we had seven or eight turnovers that night. You can’t do that. We will enjoy this one and get back to work Tuesday and get ready for Pacific.”