The Bristol Press
GILBERT - St. Paulâ€™s season came to a close Thursday morning as Fredrick Camp and the Gilbert Yellowjackets ran wild throughout the NVL Thanksgiving day rivalry matchup.
The Yellowjackets defeated the Falcons 56-6. However despite the lopsided defeat, St. Paul coach Joseph Cianciolo said he is proud of how the team has showed up all season.
â€śYou go through ups and downs in every football season, but the kids keep coming back whether it be through injury or tough games,â€ť Cianciolo said. â€śThey kept showing and fighting to the very end. Obviously, today we played a high quality team. They are going to be playing in the state tournament next week for a reason and hopefully one day we can get to that point.â€ť
For much of the day, St. Paul not only had an issue stopping Camp in the passing game and running, but they also had a tough time holding onto the football. The Falcons fumbled five times and lost three of them, which led to three scores.
However, despite leading the game in time of possession, the Yellowjackets high-powered offense could score at will. In fact, the team scored several times in one- or two-play drives.
Camp was able to score by way of 30-yard touchdown run, a 22-yard touchdown catch, a 58-yard touchdown on a jet sweep, a 98-yard pick-6, a 40-yard touchdown run and a 31-yard touchdown catch.
Aiden Avenia also scored on a 3-yard run and Devin Divita caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from his brother Ty Divita.
Ryan Diaz scored the lone St. Paul touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run.
Cianciol said even with the losses that team has taken this year the team had got better each week. He said as the team continues to progress next year, he knows that the hard work will culminate sooner or later.
However, he will miss the senior class.
â€śItâ€™s not a big class and they are all different,â€ť Cianciolo said. â€śThe end of the season is always tough because for four months youâ€™re always together. Youâ€™ll miss the seniors and no longer how long theyâ€™ve been with the program, they all leave a mark on you in some form or fashion.â€ť
Looking forward, St. Paul will be returning most of its team. The Falcons will only lose six seniors, but Cianciolo said he is optimistic that they can continue to build on what they have done in the past two seasons.
He said last season the team only won two games. This year the team finished 3-7. He said even though it was a small incremental progression he is hoping that they can make an even bigger jump next season.
â€śSo slow and steady progress leads to more long standing and stable results,â€ť he said. â€śFootball is a lot like life. Itâ€™s a long steady climb for success. Iâ€™m optimistic. We have a lot of guys coming back and as long as they stick together and stick with it I think we will be alright going forward.â€ť