DERBY- In the final game for Derby at Deflippo Field, the St. Paul football team made sure that the Red Raiders didn’t come out with the win.
Following the Derby comeback on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Chris Oliwa to Tom Abel to tie the game up at 34-34 with 2:17 remaining, the Falcons got the ball back on their own 42-yard line.
St. Paul quarterback Kevin Ashworth started off the drive with a 35-yard run and then ran the option, reading the defense and making a perfect pitch to Damien Rabis for the 19-yard touchdown run as St. Paul came away with a 42-34 over Derby on Friday night.
In the first half, the first two drives for both St. Paul and Derby went nowhere.
On the Red Raiders’ third possession of the game from the Falcons 41-yard line, they generated the first offensive score of the game.
Oliwa was 4-for-7 on the drive for 25 yards and spread the ball around, completing passes to four different receivers. Tom Abel capped off the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
It didn’t take St. Paul long to answer as they finally found a spark on the ground with a 54-yard touchdown run from Connor Bogdanski.
Following Bogdanski’s run, Flowers took the handoff from Oliwa and broke free for a 76-yard touchdown run.
All three first half scores came in the final 1:30 in the first quarter.
Rabis finished the first half with 102 rushing yards on 10 carries. Bogdanski had 63 rushing yards in the first half with his score.
For the Red Raiders, Flowers led the offense with 104 rushing yards on seven carries.
In the second half, Rabis continued to dominate Derby on the ground. After gains of five and 12 yards, Rabis broke a 53-yard touchdown run to give the Falcons a 14-13 lead.
On the Red Raiders first drive of the second half, Oliwa and Ja’Kwan Hale hooked up twice on pass completions of 34 yards and a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Touchdown runs of 42 and 16 yards by Ashworth capped off the Falcons’ next two touchdown drives. Bogdanski scored the final touchdown of the game for St. Paul to put St. Paul up 34-21.
Getting the ball back with less than six minutes to play in the game, Oliwa again attacked the Falcons deep and connected with Abel on a 48-yard pass to set up the Red Raiders on the Falcons nine yard line.
Again, Oliwa connected with Abel for the 9-yard touchdown with 4:40 left in regulation putting Derby within six points of the Falcons and the opportunity to win.
But with the St. Paul offense clicking, Flowers attempted an onside kick to try and get the ball back, which was recovered by the Falcons easily.
Derby, however, stuffed Ashworth on a keeper on 4th and 1 and got a second chance to tie the game. The Red Raiders did just that with a 61-yard pass to Abel to tie it up at 34-34.
The Rabis touchdown on the ensuing drive ended the game as St. Paul once again rode its run offense to victory.