High school round-up — The Bucks build a 42-12 halftime lead and rack up 481 yards rushing to pick up their first victory of the season

NORTH POWDER — For the second straight week, St. Paul efficiently operated its running game to stake a first half lead.

After the Buckaroos succumbed to a furious third-quarter Camas Valley rally in a 64-54 opening-week loss, the Buckaroos made their 42-12 lead over Powder Valley stick.

Although the Badgers rallied for 20 fourth-quarter points against St. Paul’s reserves, the Bucks were never in serious danger of losing the game and held on for a 56-48 win.

Running backs Tyler Smith and Chris Petrjanos rushed for 221 and 198 yards, respectively, as St. Paul compiled 481 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Cody Southerland added 104 yards and two touchdowns through the air, to go along with a touchdown, as the Bucks built their lead to 54-26 by the end of the third, then pulled the starters and second string players for the final quarter. David Elias had two receptions for 55 yards, with Petrjanos hauling in two passes for 20 yards and a score.

Head coach Tony Smith’s team scored touchdowns on its first six possessions of the first half, with the seventh coming with just 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Conversely, the Badgers turned the ball over three times and punted once to start the game before breaking through for a pair of scores.

Powder Valley (0-1) stopped St. Paul on downs once before the visitors scored twice more in the third quarter. The home team’s fourth quarter rally was aided by fumbles on the Bucks’ final four drives.

The Badgers relied heavily on their passing game, racking up 378 yards through the air, but also surrendered four sacks, including a pair by Max Coleman.

Mario Dela Rosa led St. Paul with 14 tackles, with Zach Adams adding 10 and Caraon Smith nine.

St. Paul (1-1) returns home to host Lowell (2-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal game won by the Buckaroos.

Cross Country

Bill Chapman Invitational — Sisters Debora and Rebeca DeLeon paced the Newberg girls to a fifth-place finish with 131 points on a tough course Friday at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro. Debora was the team’s top finisher, crossing in 20:53 in 15th place overall. Rebeca turned in a personal record time of 21:27 to finish 25th, just four seconds ahead of teammate Savannah Stanton, who was 27th. Margaret Halstead’s time of 21:51 was good enough for 36th place and Irena Pia rounded out the scoring by finishing 50th in 22:55. Sunset dominated the race, placing five runners in the top seven to finish with 22 points, well ahead of Jesuit’s 81.

Ultimook Invitational – The Newberg boys placed ninth out of 15 teams with 248 points Saturday in Tillamook. Quinton Read was the Tigers’ top finisher, placing 33rd in 20:30. Wesley Chambers was the next NHS runner to cross the finish line, in 20:48, to claim 40th. Harrison Carsh was 51st in 21:02, followed by Mike Miller in 62nd (21:38) and Jared Read (22:08) and Dan Harper in 97th (22:37). Grant cruised to the team title with 31 points after putting four runners in the top seven. The varsity girls did not compete, but Grace Hanna won the girls junior varsity race in 25:29.

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