St. Vincent football coach Keith Winkler was not about to make any excuses after his team had to travel back to Maplewood Sunday afternoon for the resumption of Friday night's game which was postponed after less than two minutes of action because of a storm.
"Football is football," Winkler said. "They had to come back and play as well."
Maplewood played just a little bit better and won 25-15 in a game that was marred by countless penalties and a couple of key Indian turnovers.
"I guess it was the kind of ugly game you might expect in a situation like this," Maplewood coach David Harris said. "It was hard for either team to get into a groove with all the penalties on both sides."
St. Vincent (1-3) was hurt by two turnovers deep in its own territory. The first one was recovered in the end zone by Shawn Frazier with less than two minutes left in the half, giving Maplewood a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Maplewood (3-1) received the ball to start the second half and scored on a 15-yard run by Darnell Robinson, who was in the game because of injuries to the Blue Devils' top two running backs.
St. Vincent cut the deficit to 12-7 on a 20-yard pass from Tim Guilliams to Justin L'Hote .
But another Indian turn-over gave Maplewood the ball on the Indian 4-yard line. It would take seven plays and several penalties, but the Blue Devils were able to score on an 11-yard pass from Bryant Allen to Kenny King.
Maplewood's Josh Campbell capped a long drive late with a 5-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining.
St. Vincent responded with a seven-play, 74-yard drive, which culminated in another L'Hote touchdown reception with 30 seconds left. Guilliams then hit Greg Finger for a two-point conversion, but Maplewood was able to recover the ensuing onsides kick.
"We just shot ourselves in the foot too often today," Winkler said. "The effort was there, but we did not put our best foot forward. We dropped the ball too many times and had too many penalties.".