Two plays, two touchdowns.
That was all it took to realize St. Paul’s Firelands Conference game against Mapleton was over before it started Saturday night.
St. Paul (4-1, 2-0 FC) had four possessions that lasted just over three minutes in the first quarter, with the end result four touchdowns in a 62-7 win at Warren Whitney Field.
The win was the 24th consecutive FC win for St. Paul, and the 15th-straight win against Mapleton (0-5, 0-2 FC).
The Flyers had four touchdowns in each of the first two quarters, picking up 346 yards of offense in the process while leading 56-0 at halftime.
“The kids came out and played good,” St. Paul coach John Livengood said. “One of the things we talked to the kids about with homecoming festivities this week was how you represent your community, school and alumni.
“They did a good job of representing that and played hard all the way through. And we were able to get everyone in the game.”
CJ Livengood recovered a Mapleton fumble at the Mounties 18-yard line on the second play of the game, which led to Flyer quarterback Joe Hinckley covering that distance on the ensuing play for the first score.
The first of Scottie Slauterbeck’s eight extra points made it 7-0 just 53 seconds into the game. Tyler Dilger returned a punt 36 yards to set up St. Paul at the Mapleton 19 on the ensuing possession.
Hinckley found Shawn Dankleson to cover that distance and make it a 14-0 lead.
The ensuing possession saw St. Paul take over at the Mapleton 34 after the Mounties punted out of their end zone. Four plays later, Isaac Livengood bulled across from a yard out to make it 21-0.
St. Paul added it’s fourth score of the quarter by covering 71 yards in four plays, capped off by a 39-yard scoring run by Eric Bradt for a 28-0 lead.
A 28-yard punt return by Dankleson set up the next Flyer score, this one a 4-yard run by Livengood to make it 35-0. On the Flyers ensuing possession, Livengood cut through the Mountie defense for a 54-yard touchdown that made it 42-0.
Another big punt return by Dankleson, a 38-yarder, put St. Paul at the Mapleton 24. Bradt capped it off five plays later with a 2-yard score and a 49-0 lead.
Alaric Newcomer closed out the scoring in the half on St. Paul’s ninth possession, going around the right end for a 32-yard score with 1:11 left in the half to make it 56-0.
Newcomer added a 16-yard touchdown run with 2:14 left in the third quarter for the final St. Paul score. The snap was high on the PAT, and the kick was never attempted to leave it at 62-0.
Twelve different players carried the ball for St. Paul, led by Livengood’s 91yards on eight attempts and Bradt with 77 yards on six attempts. Newcomer had 75 yards on nine attempts while Kyle Brake ran for 68 yards on eight attempts and Hinckley added 47 yards on three attempts.
Hinckley finished 3-of-5 passing for 61 yards and a score. Dankleson caught two for 37 yards and Alex Foster had a 24-yard catch.
St. Paul is at South Central (2-3, 1-1 FC) Friday.
Livengood assessed the first half of the season for the Flyers.
“Hopefully we’re getting better,” he said. “Our main goal is to get better every week and take one game at a time.
“We’ll look at the things we did well and build off it and we’ll find the things we didn’t do well and try and improve on that.”
Mapleton 0 0 0 7 — 7
St. Paul 28 28 6 0 — 62
STP: Joe Hinckley 18 run (Scottie Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Shawn Dankleson 19 pass from Hinckley (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Isaac Livengood 1 run (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Eric Bradt 39 run (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Livengood 4 run (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Livengood 54 run (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Bradt 2 run (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Alaric Newcomer 32 run (Slauterbeck kick)
STP: Newcomer 16 run (kick failed)
MAP: Skylar Haines 3 run (Haines kick)
First downs 8 11
Rushes-yards 34-87 42-383
Passing yards 46 61
Att-comp-int 24-5-0 5-3-0
Penalties-yards 5-50 4-25
Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-4
RUSHING: (MAP): Skylar Haines 26-79, Jamyn Kidd 4-5, Matt Barr 2-(-2), JJ Pickering 2-5; (STP): Isaac Livengood 8-91, Eric Bradt 6-77, Kyle Brake 8-68, Alaric Newcomer 9-75, Joe Hinckley 3-47, Danny Ross 1-0, Michael Griffin 1-1, Connor Smith 1-6, Justin Stoll 2-9, Matt Starcher 1-8, Michael Vieta 1-(-3), Jesse Gross 1-2.
PASSING: (MAP): Brett Naymik 5-18-46-0-0, Matt Barr 0-5-0-0, Haines 0-1-0-0-0; (STP): Joe Hinckley 3-5-61-1-0
RECEIVING: (MAP): Shane Sanders 2-11, Seth Galbraith 1-8, Haines 2-17; (STP): Shawn Dankleson 2-37, Alex Foster 1-24.