ST.PAUL--St. Paul capitalized on numerous Broken Bow mistakes, miscues and penalties and came away with a 28-14 win over the Indians.
St. Paul's Nolan Dethlefs intercepted a Marcus Miller pass in the first quarter and raced down the field for a 40-yard touchdown run. St. Paul missed the extra point and led 6-0 and that was the only score in the first quarter.
In the second quarter St. Paul quarterback Isaac Stone found Dethlefs in the endzone from five yards out and the Wildcats converted the two-point conversation and led 14-0 after the first-half of action.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter before both teams erupted for points in the fourth quarter. Broken Bow was able to put some points on the scoreboard behind a Nate Evans one-yard touchdown plunge and cut the St. Paul lead in half to 14-7.
Just when Broken Bow was showing life, Stone scampered for a 48-yard touchdown and in the process took momentum away from the Indians.
St.Paul added an insurance touchdown, as Stone rushed from four yards out and put the game away for good.
Broken Bow running back Justin McCullough scooted past the St. Paul defense and scored a 49-yard touchdown as time expired, but it was too little, too late, as St. Paul prevailed.
"We are a young team and we learned a lot tonight," said Broken Bow coach Mike Garner. " Two big plays- a 40-yard interception return and a 48-yard run- gave St. Paul the victory.
Sophomore quarterback Marcus Miller struggled in his debut as Broken Bow quarterback. Miller was 1-10 for 7 yards and threw the costly interception, but he was harassed by the St. Paul defense the whole evening and was unable to feel comfortable in the pocket.
McCullough was the lone bright spot for the Broken Bow offense. McCullough rushed for 107 yards on 13 carries and scored one touchdown.
Even though Broken Bow gave up 28 points, they played opportunistic defense and kept the game within reach for Broken Bow. McCullough, Nate Hanson and Tanner Johnson recovered fumbles and Stephan Lorenz and Zac Heying eached picked off a pass.
Broken Bow is in action Friday night against long-time rival Ord. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Mark Russell Field.