HEBRON, Nov. 24 – Demytruk Usher (13-86) rushed for 3 TDs while Brent Seaver ran for 2 TDs and a game-high 126 yards as the Falcons (5-5) finished the season strong with five wins in its last seven games with a 46-12 win over RHAM on Thanksgiving in the falling snow. It was nothing too new for the Falcons, who continued to run the ball up the middle, as they have done all season. "We’re just getting better at it," St. Paul coach Jude Kelly told the Bristol Press "The more you do something, the better you get at it. We’ve just kept staying with the same things making little adjustments. The kids got better blocking, ran tougher and harder and we consistently played good defense and that’s a tribute to our defensive coordinator Bob Tango and coach (Al) Mancini who works with them on the defensive side of the ball."
Defensively, St. Paul stood tall, limiting the Sachems to just 34 yards rushing on 20 carries. Leith Poindexter forced a fumble from RHAM QB Tyler Ware (10-19-1, 150) early in the second quarter and also scoring on a 60-yard interception return. Usher also recovered a fumble.
"I couldn’t be more proud of the senior group that we’ve had," said Kelly. "Our coaches have said several times that we wish we had another opportunity to coach those kids again because they just learned so much this year. They’re like sponges when learning about the football game." Seniors Dwight Hacker, Brandon Banton, Mark Duggins, Jamel Greenlee, Jeremy Mahoney, Ben Maldonado, Justin Amaker, Leith Poindexter, Rob Brown, Josh Asadow and tri-captains Brent Seaver, Zarkary Mayo and Derek Chard played their final games for St. Paul.
ROCKY HILL, Nov. 11 – The Falcons made some of their biggest plays of the year but it wasn’t enough as Rocky Hill (8-1, 7-1 Nutmeg) outlasted St. Paul/GT/LM, 19-12. In the third quarter, St. Paul held Rocky Hill to three offensive plays for minus eight yards and scored early in the fourth period to trim the lead to 13-12. But the Terriers made some big plays including WR/S Sean Burgwardt deflecting away an attempted two-point conversion pass that would have given St. Paul the lead with 10:59 left.
"I’m very proud of our kids," St. Paul coach Jude Kelly said. "It’s a tribute to Rocky Hill that they were able to make some great plays. We just weren’t able to make the stops we needed or the first downs we needed. This was a tough loss." He continued, "We played as hard as they could. When you work that hard, come that close and lose, it’s hard. But we’re moving in the right direction."
St. Paul got the job done early. On Rocky Hill’s first four possessions, they lost a fumble, threw an interception and had a punt blocked by Brent Seaver. That set up a 9-yard TD run by Seaver and a 6-0 lead. But the Terriers quickly responded on a 71-yard TD run by Greg Lappen and a 7-6 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, the Falcons drove to the Rocky Hill 29 thanks in part to two completions
from Demytruk Usher that caught the Terriers off guard. On fourth-and inches, Seaver (23-78) gained three yards but the run was waived off due to an illegal shift. On fourth-and-five, Usher’s pass was just short of the receiver. Rocky Hill responded with a 14-play, 66-yard drive with Lappen (25-167) scoring from the five for a 13-6 lead.
In the third quarter, St. Paul marched 45 yards in 6:23 to the Terrier 20 but on fourth-and-one, a bad snap from center resulted in a turnover (fumble). The Falcons had some big plays on its second scoring drive. On fourth-and-11 from the Rocky Hill 28, Usher (3-7, 56) completed a 22-yard fade pass to Jamel Greenlee to the Rocky Hill six. Seaver scored two plays later to cut the lead to 13-12. St. Paul had only attempted 11 passes for 48 yards in its previous eight games but their passing put the Terrier defense on its heels for three quarters. Greenlee had an interception while Leith Poindexter recovered a fumble.
MANCHESTER, Nov. 5 – Jordan Evans 3 yard TD run in the fourth quarter snapped a tie to lift East Catholic/Cheney Tech (5-3) to a win over St. Paul (4-4) and snap the Falcons’ four-game winning streak.
The Eagles took a 14-0 lead on a pair of first quarter TDs. But Jamel Greenlee caught his first TD pass of the season (9 yards) from Demytruk Usher to trim the lead to eight. Usher scored his team-leading 8th TD of the season on a 68-yard run. T.J. Peloquin ran the first successful two-point conversion of the year to tie the game at 14-14. Evans finished with 112 yards on 35 carries for East Catholic/CT.
BRISTOL, Nov. 3 -- After winning their fourth straight game with a win over Enfield, St. Paul is looking for just its fourth winning season since 1992. Head coach Jude Kelly, his staff and players were ecstatic over the victory. Things are different. In 17 years at Southington, Kelly was 115-62-2 with a state title. At St. Paul, he is mixing in players from 3 different schools (Goodwin Tech, Lewis Mills). He has the Falcons using the single-wing, a formation more popular 50 years ago. It’s an unbalanced formation with no quarterback under center. The ball in snapped to one of two backs who just take off and go behind a flurry of blockers.
After starting 0-3, the Falcons are 4-3. “It’s a happy experience,” Kelly told the Meriden Record Journal after the Enfield game. “It’s people who care, people who are concerned. They don’t tell you that you can’t do this, you can’t do that. All they want to know is ‘what can we do to help?’ Whatever you do, whatever you do for the kids, they’re grateful. Even in the beginning, when we weren’t playing as well, all they did was complement us on how the kids played and how proud they were. That just grows.”
BRISTOL, Oct. 29 – It’s all about the little things. A key block. Running the play the right way. Playing hard every play. It all doesn’t show up in the boxscore but it frequently adds up to a victory. Demytruk Usher scored 2 TDs and rushed for 142 yards on 26 carries as the Falcons (4-3) won for the fourth straight time with a 14-7 win over Enfield on Senior Night at Muzzy Field.
"I’m happy for the kids on the team (because) they didn’t quit believing,” St. Paul coach Jude Kelly told The Herald Press. “There were a lot of times (the kids) could have put their heads down...but these kids have turned a corner."
T.J. Peloquin replaced the injured Brent Seaver at QB. Peloquin ran for 90 yards on 26 carries. “He didn’t make any great plays, but when you talk about consistency and toughness, he’s one tough son of a gun. But that’s what (St. Paul football) is all about,” Kelly said of Peloquin, who also played linebacker.
Trailing 7-0, the Falcons marched 67 yards on 12 plays capped off by a 1-yard run by Usher. Leith Poindexter’s two-point conversion gave St. Paul an 8-7 lead. An Usher interception in the fourth quarter gave the Falcons the ball and their own 38 and St. Paul marched into the end zone, scoring on a 5-yard run by Usher. The defense rose up late. Enfield had the ball on the Falcon 26 but a Poindexter sack forced a Raider turnover with 2 minutes left in the game. Enfield forced a punt but with 8 seconds left on the Falcon 28, a sack by Zakary Mayo capped the victory for the Falcons.
"We’re making good things happen and that’s the mark of a winner," said Kelly. "(The kids) have turned it around to a point where they didn’t have that confidence and now they believe in what they are doing even when the chips are down."
It was the final home game for seniors Dwight Hacker, Brandon Banton, Mark Duggins, Jamel Greenlee, Jeremy Mahoney, Ben Maldonado, Justin Amaker, Isaiah Clark, Leith Poindexter, Rob Brown, Josh Asadow, and tri-captains Derek Chard, Zakary Mayo and Brent Seaver.
BRISTOL, Oct. 22 – The Falcons rolled over Vinal Tech/Coginchaug for nearly 300 yards of rushing and won their third straight game with a 24-8 victory on a wet, windy Saturday night at Muzzy Field. But the win was costly with the loss of QB Brent Seaver in the final minutes of the contest. The Hawks cut the Falcon lead to 12-8 thanks to a third quarter TD pass from QB Kevin Doherty to Nick Amarante. But St. Paul took a 18-8 lead on a 51-yard TD run by T.J. Peloquin (11-93). After St. Paul’s Tyler Doughty recovering a fumble on Vinal’s next offensive series, Demytruk Usher scored on a 21-yard run to ice the contest.
FARMINGTON, Oct. 18 – St. Paul ate up time moving the ball on the ground and won its second straight game with a 21-15 win over Farmington. Three of the four TD drives were at least 4:00. "They just control the ball," Farmington coach Jeff Bemis told the New Britain Herald. "They held on to it at points for six, seven minutes. They had the ball on our 40, did not score, and held onto it for seven minutes. As far as I’m concerned, that’s successful even if they don’t score because it keeps the ball out of our hands."
St. Paul ate up 7:20 with its initial drive of the second half, converting twice on fourth down to keep the drive alive. J.P. Jacobsen threw his first TD pass of the year, a 20-yard pass to Demytruk Usher to build a 21-3 lead. Two quick TDs enabled Farmington trim the lead to 21-15 but its final two drives ended with a punt and turnover on downs.
"That’s what we want to do," SPGTLM coach Jude Kelly said. "That’s what we are; that’s what we want to be able to do. We want to get to a point where we can do that consistently without making mistakes."
MIDDLETOWN, Oct. 10 – St. Paul coach Jude Kelly believed. Now, this team does, too. The Falcons won for the first time in nearly two years with a stunning 12-6 victory. “I don’t think words can describe how important a win this is for the kids and for the school," Kelly told the Bristol Press. "We stayed with our plan and every week the kids practiced hard. They stayed with it and today, the kids came to play. I keep telling the kids that if you believe and if you’re patient, good things will happen. Today, it happened."
St. Paul/Goodwin Tech/Lewis Mills won for the first time since Oct. 25, 2003 when they beat St. Bernard/NorwichTech. "They played harder than we did," said Middletown coach Eric Marszalek. "We were overmatched physically and we didn’t play hard.
On the first play of the game, Middletown QB Antiwone Carr lofted a soft pass that was intercepted by St. Paul’s Derek Chard at the MHS 49 and he returned it to the Blue Dragon 10-yard line. On 4th-and-1, Tom Peloquin scored for a 6-0 lead. The Falcons held Middletown to 16 yards of offense and one first down in the first half. The Falcons took a 12-0 lead with 7:44 left in the first half on a 28-yard run up the middle from Brent Seaver (18-152).
"Seaver played his heart out," said Kelly. "He was on the field for every play, both on offense and defense. He ran tough and did a lot of it on his own." Seaver had a 48-yard run in the second half for St. Paul. The Falcons rushed for 205 yards. They attempted only one pass and it fell incomplete.
BRISTOL, Oct. 1 – The Falcons (0-3) are beginning to move the ball. But they are still struggling to stop the opposition as Berlin (3-0) rolled to a 34-6 win at Muzzy Field. RB Tom Liberda scored 3 TDs and rushed for 129 yards. Berlin QB Jon Connelly also threw a pair of TD passes. St. Paul received a season-high 165 yards of total offense, led by T.J. Peloquin (26-103) and QB Dwight Hacker (16-40). Four lost fumbles hurt St. Paul. "(St. Paul) is a real physical team," said Berlin coach John Capodice. "They’re well coached, I knew we’d be in for a battle. I think our kids answered the call and played hard and fortunately, we had a few more scores than (St. Paul)."
Falcons get on the board
in loss to N.W. Catholic
BRISTOL, Sept. 24 – The Falcons couldn’t slow down the Northwest Catholic attack as Rich Kevorkian (22-118) and one TD while QB Mike Bourdon completed 8-of-11 passes for 138 yards and rushed for two TDs to lead the Indians to a 24-7 victory at Muzzy Field. St. Paul scored its first points of the season as Demytruk Usher rambled 35 yards with 11:08 left in the game. That score cut the lead to 10 but N.W. Catholic (2-0) took control by marching for another score.
“The defense has been playing very, very well,” St. Paul coach Jude Kelly told The Herald Press. “If we were playing a little better offensively, I think the defense would be even better than they’ve shown.” St. Paul (0-2) forced two NWC fumbles and stopped the visitors on a crucial 4th and inches play late in the fourth quarter. “The kids are working hard, paying attention to the coaches,” Kelly said. “Hopefully, we’ll have enough patience to hang in there long enough.” St. Paul dropped its 12th straight game.
BRISTOL, Sept. 17 – Plainville made the most of a pair of touchdown runs and a key defensive stops in the third quarter to spoil the coaching debut of Jude Kelly at St. Paul at Muzzy Field. Plainville’s Kevin Czellecz (15-101, 2 TDs) turned a quick hitting play up the middle into a 51-yard TD run in the second quarter while teammate Dane Zettegran scored on a 15-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Plainville stopped the Falcons on a 4th down and 3 on the Plainville 33 in the third quarter. On Plainville’s next possession, they had 4th and 2 but they were able to get the first down with second effort. "Our program is taking baby steps right now,” Kelly told the The Herald Press. “We have to keep the big picture in mind." The contest was the debut of Lewis Mills-Burlington in high school football, joining St. Paul and Goodwin Tech in a tri-op program.
BRISTOL, June 14 – New St. Paul coach Jude Kelly completed 10 days of spring practice with players from St. Paul, Goodwin Tech and Lewis Mills with nearly 40 players. "We had 10 straight days of football and what impressed me the most was the attitude and willingness of the players," Kelly said. "It was important not to get frustrated because we’re starting something here and willing to build it. We have three schools that represent 14 different towns. “
BRISTOL, Feb. 8, 2005 – Looking for a challenge, Jude Kelly has turned to the St. Paul/Goodwin Tech football program. The long-time Southington High coach stepped down after 17 years and one Class LL title (1998) with the Blue Knights to become head coach of SP/GT. He also coached East Catholic for nine years and won three state titles (1983, 86, 87).
"It is a quite a change, and quite a new challenge. It was just something I felt in my heart," Kelly told the Waterbury Republican American. I am excited about the challenge and now I feel like I have a bounce in my step. It will be a complete change in systems for me. I will change my whole way of doing things. It will be like starting from scratch for me." Kelly replaces Ben Lee, 22, who resigned for personal reasons earlier this year.
Kelly, 115-62-2 at Southington, has a career record of 176-95-4.
SP: Leith Poindexter 60 interception return (run failed)
SP: Usher 7 run (run failed)
SP: Seaver 1 run (run failed)
R: Schadtle 11 run (pass failed)
RUSHING: St. Paul -- Usher 13-86, Seaver 28-126, Peloquin 6-29; RHAM -- Ben Schadtle 11-25, Kalli Lane 2-6, Tyler Ware 7-3
PASSING: St. Paul -- Usher 1-2-0, 17; RHAM -- Ware 10-19-1, 150
RECEIVING: St. Paul -- Jamel Greenlee 1-17; RHAM -- Lane 2-62, Schadtle 2-25, Tyler Jopson 2-20, Hunter Finnance 2-17, Joe Kearns 1-15, Jeff Keurian 1-11
RUSHING Att-Yds TDs
Usher 104-639 10
Seaver 117-577 6
Peloquin 106-395 4
Hacker 51-132 0
Jacobsen 6-7 1
Poindexter 20-45 0
Dronzank 1-7 0
Meleski 1-0 0
Tm totals 406-1802 21
PASSING C-Att-Int Yds TDs
Usher 5-12-0 82 0
Jacobsen 2-7-1 30 1
Peloquin 1-1-0 9 0
Tm totals 8-20-0 121 1
RECEIVING C-Yds TD
Greenlee 4-58 0
Seaver 2-34 0
Usher 1-20 1
Chard 1-9 0
Tm totals 8-121 1
TDs PAT 2pt Pts
Usher 10-1 0 0 66
Seaver 6-0 0 0 36
Peloquin 4-0 0 3 30
Jacobsen 1-0 0 0 6
Poindexter 0-0 0 1 8*
Chard 0-0 0 0 6*
Greenlee 0-1 0 0 6
Presto 0-0 4 0 4
*Each scored TD on defense
Rocky Hill 19, St. Paul 12
At Rocky Hill
St. Paul (4-5)6 0 0 6 -- 12
Rocky Hill (8-1) 7 6 0 6 -- 19
SP: Brent Seaver 9 run (run fails), 5:03
RH: Greg Lappen 71 run (Chris Tyler kick), 4:48
RL: Lappen 3 run (kick blocked), 1:41
SP: Seaver 1 run (pass fails), 10:59
RH: Brendan Held 8 run (kick blocked), 4:57
RUSHING: Rocky Hill – Greg Lappen 25-167, Brendan Held; 6-18, T.J. Magnoli 1-1, Mark Fritz 3-12; St. Paul/GT/LM – Brent Seaver 23-78, Demytruk Usher 5-19, Thomas Peloquin 6-17, Leith Poindexter 2-12, David Dronzank 1-7
PASSING: Rocky Hill – Doug Elliot 6-11-1, 75; St. Paul/GT/LM – Usher 3-7-0, 56
RECEIVING: Rocky Hill – Sean Burgwardt 5-55, Held 1-20; St. Paul/GT/LM – Jamel Greenlee 2-32, Seaver 1-24
EC/CT 21, St. Paul 14
St. Paul (4-4) 0 14 0 0 -- 14
East/CT (5-3) 14 0 0 7 – 21
EC: Dan Garcia 1 run (Mike McCormack kick)
EC: Jordan Evans 5 run (McCormack kick)
SP: Jamel Greenlee 9 pass from Demytruk Usher (run failed)
SP: Usher 68 run (T.J. Peloquin run)
E: Evans 3 run (McCormack kick)
RUSHING: SP – Demytruk Usher 12-90, T.J. Peloquin 3-5, Brent Seaver 4-6; EC – Jordan Evans 35-123, Dan Garcia 9-44, Elijah Williams 6-31, Eric Anderson 5-5; Tyler Caetano 1-minus 1
B: Liberda 17 run (Liberda pass from Connelly), 9:28
B: Chris Schroder 17 pass from Connelly (kick failed)
B: Liberda 30 pass from Connelly
Fourth quarter (Jon Brummel run)
B: Recovers fumble in end zone (kick failed)
RUSHING: Berlin – Tom Liberda 11-129, Jon Brummel 6-35, Bryan Hackett 6-30, Andre Hornberger 1-9, Frank Colaninno 2-minus 5, Jim Connelly 4-minus 14, St. Paul – T.J. Peloquin 26-103, Dwight Hacker 16-40, J.P. Jacobsen 1-9, Leith Poindexter 5-4, Kyle Meleski 1-0
PASSING: Berlin – Connelly 4-12-0, 87; St. Paul – Jacobsen 0-1-0, Peloquin 1-1-0, 9
RECEIVING: Berlin – Chris Schroder 2-43, Liberda 1-30, Brummel 1-14; St. Paul – Derek Chard 1-9
N.W. Cath. 24, St. Paul 7
N.W. Catholic (2-0) 7 7 3 7 – 24
St. Paul (0-2) 0 0 0 7 -- 7
NW: Mike Bourdon 7 run (Rob Dornfield kick)
NW: Rich Kevorkian 6 run (Dornfield kick)
NW: Dornfield 31 field goal
SP: Demytruk Usher 35 run (Zac Presto kick)
NW: Bourdon 5 run
RUSHING: NWC (35-140) – Rich Kevorkian 22-118, Mike Bourdon 13-22; St. Paul (38-123) – Demytruk Usher 11-58, Dwight Hacker 21-52, T.J. Peloquin 2-17, J.P. Jacobsen 4-minus 4
PASSING: NWC – Mike Bourdon 8-11-0, 138 yards; St. Paul – J.P. Jacobsen 1-2-0, 10
RECEIVING: NWC – Cullen Bonner 5-92, Pete Andrudkiewicz 1-19, Tyler Gautier 1-11, Devin Walsh 1-16; St. Paul – Brent Seaver 1-10
Plainville 12, St. Paul 0
Plainville (1-0) 0 6 0 6 -- 12
St. Paul (0-1) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
P: Kevin Czellecz 51 run (kick failed)
P: Dane Zettegran 15 run (pass failed)
RUSHING: St. Paul -- Dwight Hacker 10-40, Leith Poindexter 13-29, Demytruk Usher 5-15, T.J. Peloquin 2-5; Plainville -- T.J. Scott 12-47, Kevin Czellecz 15-101, David Soltis 13-75, Aaron Benson 3-5, Ben Sparks 1-13, Mike Levandowski 1-4
PASSING: St. Paul -- Dwight Hacker 0-3, Leith Poindexter 0-1; Plainville -- no passes attempted