Buckaroos ride down Badgers in 66-20 win

By Observer Upload November 12, 2012 01:33 pm

ST. PAUL — The Powder Valley Badgers have come a long way since the beginning of the season, according to their coach.

But after a long road trip and a 66-20 loss to perennial 1A power St. Paul in the first round of the state playoffs Friday, the Badgers appear to still have a long way left to go.

The Badgers were able to hang with the undefeated Buckaroos early on. St. Paul grabbed an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

The hosts led 26-6 at the half with Powder Valley’s lone score coming on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Chace Dixon to Colton Eubanks.

But the Badgers just couldn’t muster enough offense to stay with the Buckaroos, as St. Paul opened up a 58-14 lead in the third quarter and eventually went on to pull out the win.

“The boys played a great game for two and half quarters,” coach Dan Townsend said. 

“St. Paul was much bigger and stronger, but I was very proud of the boys for the way we played. Defensively we did a great job early of stopping their running game, but with a 255-pound running back it took a toll on us later in the game.”

Tyler Robinson had a 43-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter for Powder Valley, while Eubanks added a 21-yard touchdown run for the other Badger score.

“Offensively Dixon and Eubanks did a great job of sticking to our game plan. We were looking to sustain drives early and we did that. In the first half we were in the redzone five times and had five turnovers. That’s tough when you’re playing a good team like St. Paul. We needed to take advantage of those situations, and we didn’t capitalize.”

The Badgers finish the season with a 5-5 overall record.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this group of boys. They went and played the top-ranked team in the state, and they battled the entire time. This small group of seniors will be missed, but they have left Powder Valley football in a great position for the future,” Townsend said.