W-M’s Derrick Paul ran for 102 yards and quarterback Justin Thomas threw for 198.
“The turnovers set us back with some adversity, but our guys fought through it,” W-M head coach Jules Sullen said. “It was a great game. St. Louis did a wonderful job. I just think our kids need to learn that if you fall behind, you have to take it one play at a time, not go for the home run.
“Offensively we played well. (Thomas) kept his head up on scrambles and got the ball downfield. Defensively we were pretty good, had some bends but didn’t break. I like the way our young kids fought through the adversity.”
Turnovers were the theme of the first half with each team forcing a pair and converting them into scores.
W-M lost fumbles on each of its first two possessions, giving St. Louis the ball at the 42 and
31. The Saints parlayed the first turnover into a touchdown with Trahan running around right end for a 31-yard touchdown.
W-M minimized the damage the second time around, holding the Saints to a 37-yard field goal by Spencer Briley.
W-M flipped the script on the second quarter, getting interceptions from Tyree Brown and Ezra Porter to set up touchdown drives. Ray Thomas scored on a 13-yard run to trim the margin to 10-7. Paul scored from 5 yards out to give W-M a 14-10 halftime lead.