By Jeremy McDonald
MILL CITY, Ore.– St. Paul’s George Pohlschneider had one of those games where he hoped to have done better, but knew he did good enough to lead the Buckaroos to another victory on the road Thursday night at Santiam High School. The junior quarterback went 4-for-8 for 180 yards, but had four touchdowns in the air to help lead St. Paul to the 45-6 win while scampering for 63 yards on the ground.
“I had great, great people to throw to. I could just throw it up there and they always got it, my line was amazing and were able to block for me. Everyone just put in all their hardwork and it was just a great team effort,” Pohlschneider said.
It was unique not just for St. Paul, having to play nine-man being a 1A 8-man team, but for the Wolverines as well as the game was pushed up a day due to the forecasted wind storm coming in and the fire danger up in the Santiam Canyon. But they got the game in as Santiam started the game with a nice solid drive before St. Paul halted the threat.
It was one of a few nice drives that the Wolverines pieced together Thursday night. But only one of those drives, their third one of the evening, resulted in a score as Sam Schroeder and Gage Twede connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass that made it a 16-6 game with 5:!6 left in the opening half.
“It felt great honestly. I’m super proud of my boys, we held our blocks and I had a nice page to Gage. Gage had a nice catch off of that and that felt great,” Schroeder said, who went 3-for-5 for 84 yards passing. “We need to block harder, we need to pick our boys back up…we’re hanging our heads too early. We start getting down on ourselves too early, we need to learn to pick it up and keep our composure. That’s all it takes really to improve.”
It was those explosive, big plays that hurt Santiam and aided St. Paul. Scores from 75, 60-yards, 37, 35 and 32 helped the Bucks set the tone. Clay Smith’s five-yard strike in the third quarter, one of two scores by the sophomore, was the shortest scoring play for St. Paul on this night.
But now, it’s onto the next week. For the Wolverines, it’s league play with Culver next Friday. The Buckaroos, it’s a non-league game against Lost River at home on September 17 as both teams look to pick up another win in this young season.
“1-0 is the push for the next team and even at halftime, the scoreboard is 0-0 no matter what,” Pohlschneider said. “We did a pretty good job, just making a few more reads. My passing I need to work on, but I think we did a good job and now it’s onto Lost River.”
Trenton Stafford rushed for 74 yards for Santiam, Clay Smith had 106 yards for St. Paul on the ground.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald