Football

Running back keys St. Paul's strong start

It’s not a coincidence that Fernando Dela Cerda’s performances have occurred at the same time that St. Paul’s football team has risen to a high level.

The 5-foot-8, 170 pound senior running back has rushed for 100 yards in every game this season as the Buckaroos have started the season 1-0 in Tri-River Conference play and 4-1 overall.

He rushed for 170 yards in the No. 3-ranked Buckaroos’ 29-27 win against Santiam Friday.

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West Streeter, Amity football: The sophomore running back/linebacker had 16 tackles, including two for loss, returned a fumble for a touchdown and rushed for 46 yards on seven carries in Friday’s 34-18 win against Taft.

Francisco Ramirez-Perez, South Salem football: The senior running back rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Friday’s 23-22 loss to North Salem.

Bishop Mitchell, Kennedy football: The senior running back rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in Friday’s 28-6 win against Central Linn.

Junior Sandoval, North Salem football: The senior running back/safety rushed for 82 yards on 11 carries, had an interception and a key tackle on a two-point conversion attempt in Friday’s 23-22 win against South Salem.

Jackson Holstad, Central football: The senior linebacker and receiver recorded 11 tackles, including two for loss with one sack, caught two passes for 26 yards and rushed for a 17-yard touchdown in Friday’s 27-20 win against Crescent Valley.

Noah Mellen, Sprague football: The junior running back rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in Sprague’s 62-6 win Friday against Forest Grove.

Santiam's Kole Amaral helps take down St. Paul's Fernando Dela Cerda in a Tri-River Conference game on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Santiam High School in Mill City.

Santiam’s Kole Amaral helps take down St. Paul’s Fernando Dela Cerda in a Tri-River Conference game on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Santiam High School in Mill City.