St. Paul looking to get back on track Friday night against Watertown

Published on Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:21
Written by Serenity Bishop 


The St. Paul Falcons are looking to right the ship this week as they take on the Watertown Indians Friday night. The Falcons and Indians are both coming off of 40-point shutouts with St. Paul falling to the WCA Spartans 49-0 and the Indians losing to Woodland 47-0.

With their losses from last week, the Falcons fell to 1-2 and the Indians fell to 0-3. St. Paul coach Joseph Cianciolo said despite Watertown’s record they have talented players who can compete.

He said it’s going to take “us playing 48 minutes all out, 5 seconds at a time to be successful.”

They have had a tough stretch, but they have played some high quality opponents,” Cianciolo said. “We are in no position to take anybody lightly no matter what their record is and it doesn't matter what our record is. You can't take anybody lightly.” 

Cianciolo said coming off their loss last week that the team’s focus is solely on Watertown. He said whether it was the players or the coaches they all took the loss as a team and have put it behind them.

“Last week was what it was. Everything that could go wrong did, but it is what it is,” he said. “We watched the film, learned from it and grew from it. We made the adjustments and are ready to go for this week.”

In preparation for their bout with Watertown, St. Paul has focused in on the Indians key contributors including quarterback Brady Grambee and running backs Tobias Koval and Ty Housen. 

Cianciolo said while Watertown is young overall Grambee is a dual-threat that has a strong arm and good size. He said Grambee is not afraid to mix it up and lower his shoulder on defenders. 

He also said Koval is a very capable runner and receiver, who Watertown likes to get going early. He said defensively Housen and Koval both come off the edge hard so it is something the team has to look out for. 

“These are things that we have to take into account,” Cianciolo said. “If we are not sure in our assignments on both sides of the ball then they will have a chance to move the ball.” 

Offensively for themselves, the Falcons have been attempting to get their running game going over the last few weeks. During their Week 2 28-24 win over Crosby, Jeremy Taveras rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown. Mike Barzee and Ryan Diaz also combined for 100 yards rushing.

Then against WCA Ryan Diaz rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries.

Cianciolo said their running game is a staple of their offense. 

“That's something we make a point on,” he said. “We have some good lineman and good size and some capable backs. I feel this game we’ll be able to take advantage of the front four. It’s going to be something we look to do.”

The game will start at 6:30 p.m. at McPhee Field.

Posted in The Bristol Press, St. Paul on Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:21. Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:24.