NEW ULM - Jordan Anderson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and added a pair of two-point conversion passes to lead Sleepy Eye St. Mary's to a 30-14 win over New Ulm Cathedral Saturday night at Johnson Field in a Southern Minnesota Conference game.
Two of Anderson's scores came in the fourth quarter and broke a 14-14 tie.
Anderson finished the game passing for 350 yards.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral running back Adam Schnobrich (25) carries the ball as Brandon Helget (left) and David Surprenant (7) of Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s pursue him on the play Saturday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.
Sean Mathiowetz caught 10 of Anderson's aerials for 177 yards. Mathiowetz also added two interceptions to his portfolio.
Austin Cooper scored on a 75-yard kick-off return for Cathedral while Adam Schnobrich scored on a two-yard run.
Schnobrich ended the game with 61 yards on 11 carries while Cooper led the Greyhound ground game with 81 yards on 11 carries.
For the Knights and head coach Brent Kucera, it was a strong fourth quarter that was the difference in this rivalry game.
"We played a good fourth quarter," Kucera said. "Our first three quarters were terrible. We beat ourselves all game long - we made a lot of mistakes (with penalties), but we responded well and came out with the win."
Cathedral coach Denny Lux said that "both teams played hard."
"We had a little tough luck inside the 10 yard line a couple of times (once being held out on a fourth down from the Knight four yard line and the other a halfback pass that was intercepted in the end zone) and did not come up with some scores.," Lux said.?"That kind of was the difference, because we could not get control of the game"
St. Mary's started their first scoring drive of the night late in the first quarter when Anderson engineered a seven-play, 87-yard march. Two completions of six and seven yards to Mathiowetz and a 21-yard pass to Brandon Helget were plays that set the stage for Anderson's first scoring strike, a 56-yard pass to Helget just 11 seconds into the second quarter.
Helget set the stage for the Knights' second score when he stepped in front of a Collin Helget pass.
Anderson found Mathiowetz for a 12-yard pass before Mathiowetz grabbed an over-the-shoulder catch for a 24-yard gain to the Greyhound three yard line. On the next play, Mitch Neid rammed the ball in for a touchdown. Anderson and Mathiowetz hooked up for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead with just 1:30 left in the first half.
But 14 seconds later, Cathedral was on the scoreboard when the sophomore Cooper took the ensuing kick-off and raced 75 yards for a touchdown to slice the lead to 14-6 at halftime.
"That got us going," Lux said. "There is no quit on this team."
Both teams had turnovers three plays apart, with Cathedral taking advantage of a Knight turnover.
After Brandon Beranek recovered a St. Mary's fumble it took just six plays, including a 33-yard run by Cooper on a fourth-and-one situation, for CHS to score.
That came on a Schnobrich two-yard run and a two-point conversion pass from Helget to Jake Stadick to tie the game going into the final 12 minutes.
But in the final quarter, the Knights scored on their first two possessions to take a 30-14 lead.
St. Mary's first score came on a 20-yard pass from Anderson to Mathiowetz. It may well have been a pass pattern that the tandem have worked on for years.
"They are cousins - they have been playing in the backyard their whole life," Kucera said. "They do things that we do not coach. They just do what they have to do."
The Knights scored again with 5:21 left on an Anderson eight-yard run followed by an Anderson two-point conversion pass to Helget.
"This is a big win for us - they are one of the top teams," Kucera said. "This is a huge win."
St. Mary's will play at Buffalo Lake-Hector Stewart on Friday and Cathedral will play Friday at Sleepy Eye.
"We have a short week for practice and we will have to get ready for our next game," Lux said.