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St. Francis Rolls Bucklin, Advances to Sectional Round

Ross VolkmerNovember 7, 2020

ST. FRANCIS, KS — The St. Francis Indian football team cruised to another easy win over in the 1AD2 football postseason Saturday morning defeating Bucklin 54-0.

The game, that was moved from Friday night to Saturday morning to accommodate Bucklin, was called at halftime due to the 45-point mercy rule and extended games that Sainty has played without it reaching the fourth quarter to nine.

The Indian offense out-gained their opposition 225-46 on the day led by senior star running back Shadyron Blanka who had 123 yards rushing and three rushing scores. Plus, Blanka added an interception return for a score with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter to make the game at the time 22-0.

Senior Adam Krien ran for 40 yards and score and 1st year starting quarterback Ben Busse for 41 yards and touchdown.  Busse also threw for score as well to senior Kobe Tice to make it 38-0 with just under ten minutes to play in the first half.

As good as the Indian offense was the defense was even better making multiple plays in the Bucklin backfield and forcing two turnovers, both interceptions. Bucklin only had three first downs the entire game and two of them came on a Sainty person fouls.

The win improved the Indians to 9-0 on the season and to an amazing 50-6 since 2015. St. Francis will hosts Caldwell in the next round of the playoffs. Bucklin ends its season at 6-4 but finishes with a winning record for the first time since 2007.

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