Daily Herald Staff
The St. Mary Marauders used an explosive ground game to pick up their first win of the Saskatoon High School football season as they outscored the Bethlehem Stars 34-19 on Friday in Saskatoon.
Bryant Sackney led the way with three major scores on the ground while quarterback Kolton Oftedal had the other. Sackney had runs of 20, five and 70 yards while Oftedal scored from midfield on a keeper play.
Joel Senko, a Grade 10 student, had a pair of field goals and converted all four majors to complete the scoring.
St. Mary head coach Curt Hundeby said his squad played extremely well, especially in the second half as they pulled away after only leading 17-14 at the break.
The Marauders are now 1-1 in league play (they also have a loss to Moose Jaw in an exhibition contest) and they will take the momentum from their first victory into Friday’s highly anticipated Canadian Tire Classic contest against their cross-town rival, the Carlton Crusaders on Friday at Max Clunie Field.
Hundeby noted that the game, which is the second annual and was won by St. Mary last year, goes a long way in determining playoff positioning for the local high school teams.
“Every year we mark the Carlton game on the schedule,” says Hundeby. “It’s a big game for the players and the fans and often times is pretty important from a playoff standpoint.”
Game time on Friday is 7 p.m.