Oregon Sports Photos Photography by John Lariviere

17Jan/10Off

The Buckaroos Finish a Perfect Season

FOURTEEN and ZERO!  OSAA 1A STATE CHAMPIONS! Big and bold, the St. Paul Buckaroos stamped their mark in Oregon high school football history with a perfect season of fourteen wins and zero losses.  For the season, the Bucks scored a whopping 796 total points against opponents while yielding 334.  On Saturday December 5th, the Buckaroos' fourteenth win of the season earned them the OSAA 1A Football Championship state title with a 38-34 win over Imbler.  Ryan Pierson was an offensive force for St. Paul as he tallied five touchdowns and rushed for 384 of his team's 398 total yards on the ground.  Matt Gooding also scored for St. Paul and quarterback Daley Smith completed four out of seven passes for 60 yards in the air.

After trailing 26-14 at halftime, Imbler was able to pull within four points when quarterback Bryan Mills ran for a seven yard TD with 1:08 left in the game, but the Panthers could not pull off the onside kick letting St. Paul run out the final seconds of the game.  Other scorers for Imbler were Jace Eisiminger, Zack Phillips and Wesley Burgess who got into the endzone twice.  Burgess led his team with 129 yards on the ground and 74 receiving.  Quarterback Bryan Mills threw 16 passes, completing five for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul splits the defense of Imbler's Andrew Fullerton (left) and Dalton McDaniel as he picks up 22 of his 384 yards rushing. Pierson scored five of St. Paul's six touchdowns as they claimed the OSAA 1A Football Championship by defeating Imber 38-34.

Wesley Burgess of Imbler breaks free into open field as he runs for a 53 yard touchdown for the Panthers' first touchdown with 9:55 to go in the second quarter.

Quarterback Daley Smith of St. Paul dives for extra yardage after being tackled by Imbler's Bryan Mills in the third quarter. Smith fumbled the ball as he fell to the turf resulting in a turn-over after Imber's Dalton McDaniels pounced on the loose ball.

Wesley Burges of Imbler rushes for a seven yard gain in the third quarter. Burgess led his team with 129 yards rushing, 74 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Daley Smith of St. Paul makes a dramatic change of direction to avoid a tackle by Imbler's Bryan Mills as he picks up five yard late in the third quarter.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul turns towards the goal line as Imber's Andrew Fullerton (foreground) lines up in hopes to stop Pierson short of the endzone. Pierson dove across the goal line to put the Buckaroos up 26-14 with 50 seconds left in the first half.

Ryan Pierson of St. Paul follows his lead blocker John Merten (17) who is lined up on Imber's Andrew Fullerton during a late fourth quarter run.

St. Paul head coach Tony Smith slips out from the cascading ice water as the Buckaroos begin celebrating their OSAA 1A State Football Championship after defeating Imbler 38-34.

St. Paul head coach Tony Smith slips out from the cascading ice water as the Buckaroos begin celebrating their OSAA 1A State Football Championship after defeating Imbler 38-34.

The St. Paul Buckaroos hoist the OSAA 1A Football Championship trophy high after defeating Imbler 38-34 for the state title.

The St. Paul Buckaroos hoist the OSAA 1A Football Championship trophy high after defeating Imbler 38-34 for the state title.

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  1. Yeah my friend Wesley Burgess played on the other team and he did just fine. they team justwas having a bad day and the other team cheated. thats fine tho we still are number ones


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