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St. Paul bounces back with rout of New London

Scott Seitz • Oct 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM

The St. Paul Flyers took care of business Saturday night at WarrenWhitney Field, downing New London 55-12.

The Flyers, who go to Plymouth on Friday, improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Firelands Conference.

The Wildcats, now 1-7 and 1-4 FC, travel to undefeated Western Reserve on Friday.

"The kids came out and played a solid game," St. Paul coach John Livengood said.

"That was important after last week's loss to bounce back," he added. "New London is an improved football team and are doing a lot of nice things. I'm happy to come out with the win."

The Flyer rushing attack ground out 463 yards on Saturday.

The Flyers were led by Isaac Livengood with 138 yards on nine attempts with three touchdowns.

Senior Eric Bradt added 113 yards on 10 carries with a TD, while classmate Adam Smith contributed 68 yards on eight tries with a touchdown.

St. Paul freshman QB Joe Hinckley completed 5-of-9 passes for 80 yards and a TD. Hinckley also added 34 yards rushing on two carries with a score.

New London junior QB Clayton Hall was 17-of-37 through the air for 282 yards, with two TDs and two interceptions.

Wildcat junior Clayton Lafleur had nine receptions for 167 yards and one touchdown.

"That's something we need to get better at," Livengood said. "We didn't defend the pass well. Give New London credit, their quarterback did a nice job and their receivers did a nice job running routes and making plays."

New London coach Kyle Marett summed up Saturday's ballgame.

"We just couldn't stop them," he said. "Trying to duplicate their speed and level of physicality in practice is just hard to do. They have so much offensive power when they line up double-tight or full house and knock you off the ball.

"We were able to move the ball from time to time, but our defense just couldn't get off the field," Marett said. "Clay did a good job tonight getting rid of the ball. This team has potential. We did not quit tonight."

The Flyers opened the scoring with Smith's 6-yard TD run just 31 seconds into the game. The Scottie Slauterbeck extra point made it 7-0.

St. Paul found itself on top 14-0 three minutes later on Livengood's 2-yard TD plunge.

It was 21-0 two minutes after that when Hinckley connected with senior Ian Welch on an 8-yard scoring pass.

New London cracked the scoring column when Hall found Dane Held from 13 yards out with 53 seconds to go in the first. The point after failed, leaving the visitors down 21-6 after one.

The Flyers scored 28 second-quarter points.

Livengood scored on runs of 4 and 7 yards.

Hinckley added a 13-yard TD scramble and Bradt chipped in a 33-yard dash to the end zone.

In the third, Flyer junior Danny Ross found paydirt from 11 yards away.

The Wildcats completed the scoring with Hall hooked up with Lafleur on a 15-yard TD pass.

New London 6 0 0 6 -- 12

St. Paul 21 28 6 0 -- 55

STP -- Smith 6 run (Slauterbeck kick)

STP -- Livengood 2 run (Slauterbeck kick)

STP -- Welch 8 pass from Hinckley (Slauterbeck kick)

NL -- Held 13 pass from Hall (kick failed)

STP -- Livengood 4 run (Slauterbeck kick)

STP -- Livengood 7 run (Slauterbeck kick)

STP -- Hinckley 13 run (Slauterbeck kick)

STP -- Bradt 33 run (Slauterbeck kick)

STP -- Ross 11 run (Slauterbeck kick)

NL -- Lafleur 15 pass from Hall (kick failed)

Team Stats

First downs -- SP 21, NL 15

Yards rushing -- SP 463, NL 60.

Yards passing -- SP 80, NL 282.

Passing -- SP -- 5-9-80, NL 17-37-282.

Fumbles -- SP 1-1, NL 1-0.

Interceptions -- SP 0, NL 2.

Penalties -- SP 4-40, NL 2-14.

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