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Football: St. Pauls 34, East Bladen 28

ST. PAULS – East Bladen’s RaSean McKoy rushed for 216 yards Friday night, but a couple of second-half scoring threats were lost as the Eagles dropped a 34-28 Three Rivers Conference football decision to St. Pauls.

Senior Lawson Hester put the Eagles on top early with a 3-yard touchdown run. Senior Gabe Barber booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead. St. Pauls’ Will Ford returned the kick-off 75 yards to tie the game 7-7 after Christopher Canuto’s extra point.

Senior fullback Kasey Price bulled into the end zone from 8 yards out for an Eagle touchdown. Barber tacked on the conversion for a 14-7 lead.

Back came St. Pauls as quarterback Mikail Breeden ran 3 yards for a tying touchdown as Canuto added the point.

Senior ZaQuis Leach bolted 7 yards for a touchdown as the Eagles regained the lead. Barber connected on the extra point for a 21-14 lead. Breeden scored again on another 3-yard run and Canuto’s kick tied the game 21-21.

McKoy broke loose and raced 64 yards for a touchdown that boosted the Eagle lead to 28-21 after Barber nailed the conversion kick. Breeden’s 2-yard run and a Canuto kick tied the game 28-28 at halftime.

Breeden hurled a 75-yard touchdown pass to Waltay Jackson in the third quarter to put St. Pauls ahead 34-28.

The Eagles drove inside the Bulldog ten yard line twice in the second half, but a penalty halted one drive and a lost fumble ended the other chance.

McKoy carried 24 times for his 216 yards. Hester gained 87 yards on 13 carries and caught a 13-yard pass from quarterback Tayshaun Berkeley. Price finished with 67 yards rushing on 13 attempts. East Bladen piled up 393 yards rushing in the game and 406 total yards.

Breeden completed 6 of 7 passes for 84 yards for the Bulldogs, and Marquise Coleman rushed 8 times for 109 yards. Breeden picked up 83 yards on 11 runs, and Demontay Williams gained 73 yards on 11 carries.

The Eagles, now 3-3 in the TRC and 3-5 overall, will host East Columbus on Friday night.

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