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Naumes paces St. Mary's to win

Prep football

MURPHY -- St. Mary's needed a football win in the worst way.

After suffering through a winless season last year and saddled with a 13-game losing streak, the Crusaders were motivated to alter their losing ways.

And they did just that Saturday against the Hidden Valley junior varsity at Lincoln Savage Middle School.

With J.P. Naumes exploding for four touch-downs, St. Mary's ended the streak with a 26-16 victory to open the 1998 season.

It was a good win for us, St. Mary's coach Dick Maurer said. The kids responded and played well.

Nobody had more impact than Naumes, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster. The senior running back scored on three long TD runs and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rick Gibson. Naumes ended with 227 yards on 19 carries.

He was awesome, Maurer said. On his first TD run he followed his blocking up front and away he went. He made a couple of guys miss and he ran to daylight.

The Crusaders held the Mustangs scoreless in the opening half and took an 18-0 lead at intermission.

Brothers Travis and Andy Erickson along with Joe Chambers on the defensive line bottled up the Hidden Valley attack. Naumes and Gibson both recorded interceptions in the secondary.

Naumes sealed the victory with an interception to thwart a Hidden Valley drive late in the fourth quarter.

Freshman running back Isaac Harrop rushed for over 100 yards and scored both Hidden Valley touchdowns.

This win shows our kids that their hard work is paying off, Maurer said. It was good to get the monkey off our back.

St. Mary's...................................6 12 8 0 -- 26 Hidden Valley .........................JV0 0 8 8 -- 16

SM -- Naumes 38 run (pass failed)

SM -- Naumes 50 run (pass failed)

SM -- Naumes 62 run (run failed)

HV -- Harrop 53 run (Harrop run)

SM -- Naumes 48 pass from Gibson (Terrall run)

HV -- Harrop 37 run (Hyde pass from Adler)

ILLINOIS VALLEY 14, CULVER 13 -- At Culver, Mike Melton scored on a 9-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion with about three minutes remaining in the game to lift the Class 3A Skyline Conference team past its Class 2A opponent.

Culver (0-2) lost to Powers in the Class 1A 8-man football championship game last season.

Both Culver touchdowns came on passes from quarterback Alex Carlson to Ryan Dix.

Illinois Valley.................6 0 0 8 -- 14 Culver.............................7 0 0 6 -- 13

IV -- Shamblin 45 run (kick failed)

C Dix 18 pass from Carlson (Boyer)

C -- Dix 10 pass from Carlson (kick blocked)

IV -- Melton 9 run (Melton run)

MARSHFIELD JV 43, NORTH VALLEY 13 -- North Valley turned the ball over five times, fumbling it away twice and throwing three interceptions, and Marshfield's junior varsity converted.

Quarterback Luke Godfrey connected with Jeff Reese for both of the Knights' touchdowns on passes of 60 and 89 yards.

Reese finished the game with six catches for 198 yards. Godfrey completed 11 of 23 passes for 235 yards.

Marshfield JV...................23 7 7 6 -- 43 North Valley........................0 7 6 0 -- 13*