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Football fans in St. Paul were treated to two great games over the weekend! The Lions played on Friday afternoon, and the Bengals had a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. Both teams walked away with victories in front of the home crowd.
Bengals take massive victory
The St. Paul Bengals had quite the day on Saturday. Things looked to be in favour of the Bengals early, when the Wainwright Warhawks showed up short-handed. Two factors that wasn’t friendly to either team was the heat, and smoke. Players from both teams had to overcome the elements if they were going to have success.
St. Paul kicked off the game early. They scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, to lead 20-0 due to a missed PAT. The run game continued for the Bengals in the second quarter, they scored two touchdowns off of great runs, and Ethan Boisclair chucked one through the air to Damon Buffalo. The Bengals had a 42-0 lead going into the half. The Bengals continued their dominance in the second half. They scored another touchdown in the third quarter, before putting up another two in the fourth.
“We’re a strong team. Our defense did what they’re supposed to, and offense kept rolling, and kept punching it in. We have a lot of vets, so I don’t want to say we expected it, but this was the way we were hoping it would go.” Assistant Coach Derek Zapisocki said post-game.
Final score was 62-0 for the Bengals over top of the Warhawks.
Lions beat Wainwright
The St. Paul Lions played on Friday night, and gave the home crowd exactly what they wanted. Against league opponent Wainwright, the Lions fought through and got the win. It was a 32-14 victory for the Lions, and a great way for them to kick off their season! Things didn’t look goo early on, but smoothed out as the game went on.
“It kind of took us a while to get going, they scored first. We had to regroup, and get down to the basics. Once we were focused things seemed to go our way.” Lions Head Coach Mark Tichkowsky says.
The Lions started the St. Paul weekend sweep of Wainwright on Friday night with a 32-14 victory.
The Lions are in Westlock in Week 3 to face the Thunderbirds at 5 p.m. Friday September 15. The Bengals are in Cold Lake on the Saturday. Both teams are looking to continue their early successes.