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St. Peter belts sluggish WHS football squad, 46-6

Solid offensive performances by quarterback Kole Guth and running back Vinny Guappone, plus a stifling defense, helped the St. Peter Saints roll past the Worthington Trojans high school football team Friday night in St. Peter, 46-6.

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ST. PETER -- Solid offensive performances by quarterback Kole Guth and running back Vinny Guappone, plus a stifling defense, helped the St. Peter Saints roll past the Worthington Trojans high school football team Friday night in St. Peter, 46-6.

Both teams were saddled with 0-2 records after their first two weeks. Both teams needed a win. The Saints accomplished their goal spectacularly, and the Trojans fell to 0-3 with a homecoming game against the Marshall Tigers to look forward to next Friday.

The St. Peter game began badly for Worthington, especially on offense as the team went three-and-out in all three of its first quarter possessions -- each possession going backward instead of forward.

“We blitzed a lot, and they slant and do things on their d-line. We thought we were ready for that, but we just didn’t execute. On both sides we didn’t execute,” said WHS head coach Geno Lais. “It just kind of snowballed for us. We didn’t really handle the mistakes we made, and it just got away from us.”

The Saints scored on their first possession, making a couple of long runs along the way, as the senior QB, Guth, took it home on a 5-yard run with 7:06 remaining in the opening frame.

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Late in the first quarter, St. Peter set up on its own 11-yard line and Guappone reeled off a big 49-yard run. On the first play of the second quarter, Guth connected on a 40-yard scoring pass to Guappone.

The Saints scored again with 10:15 remaining until halftime, highlighted by a 55-yard Guappone run to the Trojans’ 2-yard line. Guth passed it two yards to Nakiye Mercado for another touchdown, and for the third time the extra point was made. Score: 21-0.

Guth’s third TD pass came later in the second quarter, a 20-yard aerial to Ashton Volk.

Worthington finally got its first first down of the game late in the second quarter on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Jake Brandner to senior wide receiver Luke Gordon. The next two plays were also completed passes by Brandner and suddenly the Trojans reached deep into St. Peter territory. But on a fourth-and-three play at the Saints’ 4-yard line, Brandner was stopped short on a carry.

Just before halftime the Trojans dodged a bullet when the Saints moved quickly from their own 4-yard line to the Worthington 3-yard line, highlighted by a 40-yard pass to Volk with just 6.3 seconds showing on the clock. The visitors settled for a field goal attempt, but it was wide.

At the 8:59 mark of the third quarter, St. Peter accomplished its fifth touchdown of the day and increased the margin to 34-0. It was 40-0 on a 44-yard pass Guth to Volk, then 46-0 on a 5-yard run from Guappone less than half a minute before the final period was to commence.

Worthington scored its lone touchdown with 8:51 remaining in the game on an 18-yard pass from Brandner to senior wide receiver Blake Ahrenstorff. A 2-point conversion run failed.

Lais said the Trojans should be pumped up to play Marshall on Friday night.

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“If you can’t get excited about Homecoming and you can’t get excited about a great old rival like Marshall, you can’t get excited about anything,” said the coach. “We’re just waiting for the sun to come up and we’ll get started at it again.”

Worthington 0 0 0 6 -- 6

St. Peter 7 20 19 0 -- 46

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