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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • SJA football ends season with loss to second ranked BEA, drops playoff game to Luverne

  • BEA 48 SJA 8 The Saints lost their last regular season game to Blue Earth Area on Wednesday, Oct. 17 by a score of 48-8. For the regular season, SJA ended up with an 0-8 record.Luverne 30, Saints 0 Going winless in the regular season resulted in SJA being seeded eighth in Section 3AA. The Saints ...
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  • BEA 48 SJA 8
        The Saints lost their last regular season game to Blue Earth Area on Wednesday, Oct. 17 by a score of 48-8. For the regular season, SJA ended up with an 0-8 record.
        It was a tall order for SJA in this game considering BEA was the second ranked Class 3A team in Minnesota.
        For the game, the Saints  were held to 163 yards of total offense against the BEA Bucs.
        SJA found it especially tough running against the number two ranked team in the state. The Saints gained 33 yards on 28 rushes. BEA had 349 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
        BEA was so dominant on the ground, that they threw only four passes, completing two of them for 15 yards. The Saints. Picked up 130 yards through the air. Sam Carlson was 5-18 with two interceptions. Walker Froehling was 3-6 with one interception.  
        Justin Henrich caught two passes for 63 yards for the Saints.  
        Zack Gleiter had the only TD for the Saints on a 14 yard run in the third quarter. Gleiter then caught the two point conversion.
        BEA had a balanced scoring effort, as six different players had rushing  TDs.
        SJA picked up eight first downs - four on the ground and four through the air.  
    Luverne 30, Saints 0
        Going winless in the regular season resulted in SJA being seeded eighth in Section 3AA. The Saints  were matched against top seeded Luverne. The Cardinals were 7-1, as they lost their last game of the season to another  unbeaten team, Marshall.
        SJA traveled to Luverne on Tuesday night and  fell to the Cardinals 30-0. Luverne scored all of their points in the first half and rested many of their starters in the second half.
        The Saints had a hard time generating any offense. SJA had a negative 15 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Quarterback Sam Carlson was sacked several times and ended up with a negative 32 yards rushing. Isaac Carreon was the only Saint who got into double digits in the ground game and he had ten yards on six rushing attempts.
        Carlson threw for 96 yards on a 10 of 23 passing effort. Walker Froehling was 1-6 with two interceptions for six yards.
        Luverne ground out 234 yards on the ground. The Saints managed only seven first downs, with two of them coming be penalty.        
        While it was a tough season, it’s hoped a new way of playing football and instilling a winning tradition was being developed this fall.
    Page 2 of 2 -     That included having more of the high school underclassmen scrimmage after school. They were learning the skills and the fundamentals necessary to compete at the varsity level in future years.  
        Building a winning program and tradition also requires establishing deep roots. That started this year with the new fifth and sixth grade team SJA fielded.
    The success of this new football program  was possible because of the efforts of volunteers like Keith Bloomquist who inspired the kids about playing football. Bloomquist  taught these kids what it means to be a Saints football player.   
             Other fathers who helped the new program out included Dave Lenz, Matt Durheim, Rob Engelking, Mark Nielson, Mitch Doll, John Schmidt and it also required the help of all of the parents who got their boys to practice, and a team to play against like Cedar Mountain Morgan.             
    The goal of playing football in fifth and sixth grade is to keep all these boys excited about playing  SJA Saints football in the future.

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