St. Paul Como Park linebacker Donnie Ventrelli (23) collaborates with teammate Kaspian Menne (72) to sack Mustangs quarterback David Roddy late in the third quarter. The Cougars won their homecoming game 18-13. Photo by Travis Ellison, SportsEngine
Cougars senior running back William Wooten (5) sheds an attempted tackle from Breck School defensive back Alex McKenna (5) as the Cougars come out on top with a close 18-13 victory. Photo by Travis Ellison, SportsEngine
Mustangs junior quarterback David Roddy hurdles defender to cross the first down marker but a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct takes the Mustangs backwards in their 18-13 loss to St. Paul Como Park. Photo by Travis Ellison, SportsEngine
St. Paul Como Park came up with an 18-13 homecoming victory against Breck in a Twin City Red subdistrict battle on Saturday afternoon.
Despite being homecoming for the Cougars (5-1, 4-1), they played at James Griffin Stadium, home for St. Paul Central. The Cougars got a new turf field this summer, but it was not ready in time for this year’s football season, so they've been playing their home games less than three miles south at St. Paul Central.
That didn’t bother the Cougars on homecoming, as they won with a combination of a reliable running game and a stingy defense. The Cougars ran for a total of 438 yards, led by quarterback Robert Adams, who ran for 160 yards and a touchdown.
The St. Paul Como Park defense also came up big as it was able to force four turnovers, all interceptions, setting up the offense with good field position multiple times.
Breck’s offense had trouble holding onto the ball, but it was still able to make some big plays. The Mustangs were led by quarterback David Roddy who threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns. His main connection was Josh Roddy, who caught seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
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