Excessive Faculty Soccer: St Pauls, a Robeson County workforce, is subsequent up for Hornets – Salisbury Put up
Positive COVID tests have pushed St. Pauls girls and boys basketball teams out of this year’s playoffs.
The St. Pauls soccer team was in a quarantine situation and had to pursue the first three weeks of this soccer season without them.
But the Bulldogs finally joined in the fun on March 19th, making up for lost time.
In fact, they didn’t lose at all.
They were 5-0 in their short regular season. Then they defeated Randleman, Southwest Edgecombe and Washington in the playoffs to prepare the matchup on Thursday evening in Raleigh against Salisbury (8-2) for the 2AA state championship. The starting gun will be fired at 7 p.m. at Carter Finley Stadium.
Randleman and Washington were two of the teams Salisbury defeated in 2019 when the Hornets roared through the East Bracket and made it to the state championship game.
St. Pauls is located in Robeson County, about 13 miles north of Lumberton.
St. Pauls is not one of the usual suspects. The school is not a constant prosecutor in football. The Bulldogs have made the state’s playoffs 26 times since 1972, but have recorded a modest 20 wins during that time. The Bulldogs were playing in their first regional final since 1992 when they entered the field on Friday.
But this year the Bulldogs have unusual talent.
You have at least three Division I-related athletes. Will Ford, a 6-foot-4,202-pound receiver, is directed to the Florida Atlantic. Defensive End Enrique Lopez-Ray will play at the Air Force Academy while the defensive tackle Ethan Roberts will go to eastern Illinois.
Ford’s blocked barge, scooped for a St. Pauls TD, was the key game in a 34:23 win over a huge team in Washington on Friday.
Ford and fellow recipient Waltay Jackson, both fast and tall, will also play a lot on defense.
Mike Setzer is the head coach of St. Pauls. He is in his second stint at school. He was appointed head coach in the summer of 2018. Setzer was the head coach at Lumberton High for four seasons before returning to St. Pauls.
The biggest star for St. Pauls is considered KeMarion Baldwin (5-9, 215). He had 112 stretches for 1,063 yards and 12 TDs entering the game in Washington.
Demonta Williams was another excellent return for the Bulldogs.
On the opening night, Baldwin broke a 95 yard TD run while Williams had an 80 yard score.
Double-threat QB Mikail Breeden has played several major games and was instrumental in the playoff win over SouthWest Edgecombe.
The defense of St. Pauls is also strong. In the second round, St. Pauls expelled a SouthWest Edgecombe team that had routinely hit in the 1940s.