Sleepy Eye Indians win big over St. James in final regular season game

Paige Haala
Special to the Herald-Dispatch

Sleepy Eye enjoyed its best offensive scoring output of the season in their final regular season game, defeating St. James 46-22, Wednesday, Oct. 20 at St. James. A 30-minute rain delay in the second quarter didn’t slow down the Sleepy Eye offense which put up 358 yards, 340 yards of those on the ground.

Arian Saenz and Erizen Traconis chase down a St. James ball carrier in the Indians victory on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at St. James.

St. James scored on its first possession of the game and went up 6-0. Sleepy Eye quickly responded with a 10-yard touchdown run by Arian Saenz and the 2-point conversion catch by Mason Sellner was good. Sleepy Eye led 8-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter was similar with a St. James TD and conversion followed by another Saenz TD—this one from 2 yards out, again the 2-point conversion was good. At halftime Sleepy Eye led 16-14.

Sleepy Eye went up 24-14 at the start of the third quarter via another Saenz TD run—this one from 40 yards out; the 2-point conversion was good. St. James responded with a 30-yard passing TD and 2-point conversion. After three quarters Sleepy Eye led 24-22.

The fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Indians' defense stepped up and didn’t allow a point from St. James. Offensively the Indians broke out with 3 TDs in the quarter. Jackson Huiras had a 15-yard TD run, Mason Myers had a 2-yard TD run and Saenz scored his fourth touchdown of the game from 5 yards out. Mason Myers intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.

Offensively Saenz had a big night carrying the ball 27 times for 271 yards and four TDs. Jackson Huiras had 3 carries for 31 yards and one TD and also caught a conversion. Mason Sellner had 4 carries for 28 yards rushing and caught a conversion. Mason Myers completed 5 passes—3 of those being 2-point conversions, the last one to Adrian Dena. Myers also ran for a TD and a conversion. Saenz had 10 tackles; Adrian Dena had 6 including a sack. Mason Myers had an interception. Sleepy Eye plays its first round playoff game Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 vs. the #2 seed Springfield.

Sleepy Eye played at #2 seed Springfield on Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the first round of Section 3A playoffs—results not available by Herald-Dispatch deadline, but posted on the website: