The St. Clair football express continued to roll in Week 7.
The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1) didn’t have to deviate much from their usual game plan, sticking to the run for 285 of the team’s 354 yards of total offense in a 36-6 homecoming win against Hermann (2-5, 0-4).
St. Clair intercepted Hermann quarterback Chase McKague three times in the first half and four times total for the game, once in the end zone.
“It was kind of a bend but don’t break for us defensively,” Head Coach Brian Robbins said. “What (Hermann does) offensively is tough and they give you a lot of different things. They’ve got some good size. They’re going to be a whale of a team next season.”
Following two of those turnovers, St. Clair quarterback Timmy Hoffman rushed for a touchdown on the very first play of the ensuing drive. His touchdown scrambles went for runs of 63 and 45 yards.
“Tim just does what we ask him to do,” Robbins said. “We would have liked to have thrown the ball a bit more, but we just kind of didn’t need to. There were certain situations we were going to come back with a certain play and we would end up scoring. The kids up front played well and we took care of the ball.”
The Bulldogs scored three times in the first half and took a 28-0 lead into the half.
Hoffman also completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kamalei Bursey in the first quarter.
Dalton Thompson’s 24-yard touchdown run was the only other score of the first half.
Bursey ran in the only second-half touchdown for St. Clair, from 28 yards out and then added the two-point conversion.
Hermann ultimately got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run by Trent Anderson with a little more than four minutes left in the game.
“They’ve played everybody tough,” Robbins said of Hermann. “They don’t have the greatest record, but you watch them on tape and they look like they’re just a good football team that shoots themselves in the foot here or there.”
Hoffman totaled 140 yards on the ground on eight carries with the two scores. He completed 3-3 passes for 49 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Hoffman had one of the four St. Clair interceptions. He also contributed to the Bulldogs’ special teams as the punter, once pinning Hermann down inside the 10-yard line on a punt of 50 yards.
“Tim’s a good football player, all around,” Robbins said. “He’s our punter. He’s our quarterback. He can play defense. He’s just good with a ball. Anywhere around the ball he’s good and he’s not afraid to stick his nose in there.”
Bursey’s 41 yards on the ground on four carries were the next highest total on the night for St. Clair. His 15-yard touchdown reception was his only catch of the night.
Harry Ramos added 27 yards on four carries.
Thompson carried for 26 yards on two carries with a touchdown.
Caleb Smith picked up 18 yards on one carry and had a 50-yard touchdown run called back for a holding penalty.
Brendyn Stricker chipped in nine yards on two carries.
Mardariries Miles, Anthoni White, Lance McCoy, Landon Roberts, Shane Stanfill and Trent Balderson each had one carry.
Miles picked up eight yards, White six, McCoy five and Roberts and Stanfill three each. Balderson was stopped for a one-yard loss.
Roberts was also 2-3 on point after attempts and ran in a two-point conversion.
Chase Walters made two catches for 34 yards.
Backup quarterback Wes Hinson completed a 20-yard pass to Keegan Buckthorp.
On defense, the other three interceptions for St. Clair were grabbed by Tyler Stark, Thompson and Dakota Gotsch.
Thompson led the Bulldogs in tackles with nine, adding three assists.
Ryan Barrett made eight tackles, two for a loss, and added three assists.
Aaron Herman made five tackles, two for a loss, including a sack, and assisted on two.
White made five tackles with two assists.
Roberts turned in four tackles and assisted on four more.
Hinson and Miles each made four stops. Hinson assisted with two.
Blaine Dace came up with three solo stops and two assists.
Stark, Jacob Hawkins, Brendyn Stricker and Bailey Smith added two tackles each.
Hawkins had three assists and Smith one.
Bursey, McCoy, Tanner Durham and Wyatt Strothkamp each made one tackle with one assist.
Ramos, Stanfill, Caleb Smith, Walters, Balderson, Colton Stroh, Gotsch and Randy Simpson all made one stop.
Lutheran St. Charles
The Bulldogs go back on the road in Week 8 to take on a 6-1 Lutheran St. Charles team.
“They’re a team with a lot of prospects,” Robbins said. “They’ve got some Division I talent on the field and it’s going to be interesting. We will definitely be tested next week and if we don’t play well, we’ll get run out of the stadium.”
There are no common opponents between the two teams this season. The Cougars possess victories against Lift for Life Academy, Tolton Catholic, O’Fallon Christian, Duchesne, St. Charles and Bishop DuBourg’s co-op team with Hancock.
Trinity Catholic gave Lutheran St. Charles its only loss of the season in a 75-15 drubbing in Week 5.