Friday night at Don Paul Stadium was no different.
Justin Butler and Cam Caizzo combined for five first-half touchdowns as the Flyers rolled to a 49-0 win in non-league play.
"We wanted to see our kids being physical and we wanted to eliminate some of the mistakes that we made last week," said St. Paul coach John Livengood, who picked up his 270th career win as a coach last week. "We had to get better fundamentally and play aggressive."
St. Paul has now outscored its first two opponents, 104-0.
"I'm happier with the defense, actually," Livengood. "We have given up some yards here and there, but to post two shutouts against two pretty athletic teams — I am happy about that."
The Flyers also start a season 2-0 for the seventh straight season.
"You can't go 2-0 until you are 1-0," Livengood said. "Same thing — you can't go 3-0 until you are 2-0. We take it one game at a time and want to continue to improve and play to the best of our abilities. That is the key."
Early penalties nearly hurt the Flyers, as two holding calls negated a first-down run and later a touchdown.
But, St. Paul pushed through with its explosive running game. A 13-play drive was capped on a three-yard run by Justin Butler. One play earlier, Myron Stoll hit Steven DeLeon for a 31-yard pass on 3rd-and-24. Tyler Perkins added the first of his seven extra points and the Flyers led, 7-0.
"It is frustrating when we make mistakes like those penalties," Livengood said. "If we are going to make mistakes, I would rather they be aggressive mistakes. We have to clean that up a bit and keep our hands inside and fix that up."
The Streaks picked up a pair of first downs on their next possession to get inside the St. Paul 40, but an incomplete pass and a sack by Butler forced SJCC to punt. St. Paul then covered 72 yards in nine plays, capped on a one-yard score by Cam Caizzo for a 14-0 lead. Stoll again helped the drive with a 33-yard completion to Caizzo.
SJCC punted on its next possession, and DeLeon used a big return to set the Flyers up deep in Streaks territory. Caizzo had a short run before Butler exploded for a 28-yard score. Suddenly, St. Paul had opened a 21-0 lead less than four minutes into the second quarter.
Later, the Flyers defense came up big after SJCC quarterback Chase Harrison completed a pair of passes. A false start and a pair of sacks forced the Streaks to again punt. St. Paul continued its rushing offense, using nine straight runs to cover 71 yards — the last carry a one-yard rumble by Caizzo. That put the Flyers up 28-0 with 44 seconds left in the first half.
"We made too many mistakes," SJCC coach Brian Spicer said. "We did the same thing last week as far as that. But to do it against a much better team that is going to capitalize on it, that is tough."
Things only got worse from there for SJCC. The Streaks fumbled the ensuing kickoff and St. Paul recovered at the 39. Stoll threw an incomplete pass on first down, but the Flyers went back to the ground. Butler picked up 14 yards and Stoll 17 more yards. Butler then carried it in from three yards out as St. Paul opened a 35-0 lead at halftime.
With a running clock to open the second half, the Flyers continued to churn out chunks of yards at a time on the ground. St. Paul picked up four first downs among the first nine plays of the second half. But, a fumble on a handoff exchange ended the drive at the SJCC 5.
The Flyers' defense wasted little time getting redemption. On a bad snap to Harrison in shotgun, the ball fell loose and was corralled by Gavin Moffit in the end zone for the touchdown.
"The trick is to run the ball on offense, so that their offense is not out there," Spicer said. "We had multiple opportunities."
Adam Baker grabbed a second turnover for the St. Paul defense when he picked off Harrison on the next SJCC possession. The Flyers turned that into a eight-play drive - all runs - that ended in Will Stieber scoring from two yards out in the fourth quarter.
Aiden Kusser also intercepted Harrison late in the fourth quarter, giving the St. Paul defense four forced turnovers. The Flyers finished with just three penalties.
"I am happy with that," Livengood said. "It is never where you want it to be. We will continue to work and get better."
Butler led St. Paul with 15 carries for 111 yards. The Flyers ran 53 times for 342 yards on the night, but things get a lot tougher with a trip to Tiffin Calvert next week, a team that came to Whitney Field last year and walked away with a 33-14 win in St. Paul’s lone regular season loss Week 3 of the 2015 season.
"We will look at take and see what we need to continue to get better at," Livengood said. "There is plenty of things we need to work on, but I like the direction we are headed. We know we have a heck of a challenge this week with Calvert. We have got to continue to get better and improve."
All told, St. Paul has outscored SJCC (0-2) by a total of 223-10 in the last five meetings.
St. Paul 7 28 7 7 — 49
SJCC 0 0 0 0 — 0
STP — Justin Butler 3 run (Tyler Perkins kick)
STP — Cam Caizzo 2 run (Perkins kick)
STP — Butler 28 run (Perkins kick)
STP — Caizzo 1 run (Perkins kick)
STP — Butler 3 run (Perkins kick)
STP — Gavin Moffit fumble recovery (Perkins kick)
STP — Will Stieber 2 run (Perkins kick)