It wasn’t a good sign for St. Paul when Hopewell-Loudon scored with 27 seconds remaining in the first half.
It was a worse sign when the Chieftains took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched right down field for another touchdown.
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But, it wasn’t until Andrew Brickner returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown with 4:49 remaining that they could breathe easy.
St. Paul (12-1) never seemed to have an answer for the Chieftains’ spread offense, and the result was a 49-21 loss in a Division VI regional final Friday night at Fremont’s Don Paul Stadium at Harmon Field.