St. Paul falls to Seymour behind Drezek's six touchdown performance

Published on Saturday, 10 September 2022 17:42
Written by Serenity Bishop


The St. Paul Falcons simply couldn’t stop the big play air attack Saturday afternoon during their loss to the Seymour Wildcats.

Wildcats quarterback Caden Drezek dismantled and frustrated the Falcons secondary throughout the contest, beating St. Paul deep for six touchdowns as Seymour cruised to a 48-6 victory over the Falcons.

St. Paul coach Joseph Cianciolo said Drezek is a highly touted player, but for St. Paul everything is “correctable.”

“The important part of today is that from the first whistle to the last, the kids didn’t stop fighting,” Cianciolo said. “Sometimes that can come off as coach speak, but it’s important because it tells you what kind of team you have. We’re a young team. We’ll get back at it in practice and clean those things up.”

Seymour opened the scoring during its second possession on a handoff to Talan Bunsie. With open field down the right sideline, Bunsie broke free and galloped to an 85-yard touchdown run. The play seemed to just be a blip in St. Paul’s stout defense at that point, but it proved to be a common theme.

On the following St. Paul possession, a bad snap on fourth down led to a turnover on the 6-yard line. The Wildcats capitalized with Drezek hitting Michael Rossetti on a quick slant for a touchdown.

The Drezek to Rossetti connection was one the fans at McPhee field saw all day as the two tallied up four touchdowns with two coming in the second quarter. Drezek and Rossetti connected on a 49-yard touchdown as well as 31-yard touchdown.

St. Paul’s offense was mostly stagnant throughout the game, but Jeremy Taveras was able to get the Falcons on the board, breaking free on a counter run to rush for a 31-yard score.

“We did some good things offensively and then we would do one or two things, whether it be penalty or something, but it’s all correctable,” Cianciolo said. “The effort is there, the work is there and the kids care about each other so we’ll be alright.”

St. Paul fell into self-inflicting trouble in the second half, coughing the ball up three times. The Wildcats capitalized on each turnover with Drezek hitting Timoty Lester for a 42-yard score after a fumble and with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jack Hennessy after an interception by Lester.

A second fumble gave the Wildcats an opportunity to run out the rest of the clock, but not before Drezek found Rossetti once more for an 84-yard touchdown.

“They did some different things defensively that took us a little to adjust,” Cianciolo said. “They just took advantage of the mistakes that we made, and we weren’t able to take advantage of the mistakes they made. Unfortunately, that’s how it comes down sometimes.”

Cianciolo said the game was a big learning experience for St. Paul and is looking forward to the improvement week to week.

St. Paul will take on Crosby at home on Friday at 7 p.m. Crosby beat Watertown Friday night 50-34.

Posted in The Bristol Press, St. Paul on Saturday, 10 September 2022 17:42. Updated: Saturday, 10 September 2022 17:44.