The Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) and Duke-bound senior quarterback/point guard, who maintains he will not play football in college, is coming off a 57-16 victory over Central Square on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs.
Paulus was 13-of-16 for 230 yards and four touchdown passes, which raised his season total to 30 TD's and his career mark to 139. He also has 2,108 yards passing this season and he eclipsed the 10,000-yard mark for his career with 10,191 yards through the air.
``This season's been alright," Paulus said. "Obviously, you can always play better. We just have to forget about last week and move on. Right now we're just trying to play our best football, since it's the playoffs."
Paulus helped CBA (8-0) get out to a 41-0 halftime lead, but he's quick to give credit to his receiving corps – which includes senior Bruce Williams, who had 12 receptions for 150 yards and broke the state record with 182 career catches.
Paulus opened the scoring with a 45-yard scoring toss to Lavar Lobdell and followed it up with a 21-yard strike to Lodbell. Paulus then found Williams for a 19-yard strike and also added a 9-yard run and an 8-yard TD pass to Matt Halliday.
Paulus and CBA will face rival Henninger (7-1) on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Section 3 semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse High. CBA lost to Henninger last season, 22-14, in the semis a year ago. Paulus said he's been busy with football and hasn't found much time to pick up a basketball.
``I've gone to the gym and shot a couple of times," Paulus said. "Just to get some shots in."