NEW ULM - Minnesota Valley Lutheran head football coach Jim Buboltz knew that his team was going to face a strong passing team Friday night in Blooming Prairie.
The Awesome Blossoms finished with 350 yards passing as sophomore John Rumpza went 19-for-29 and five touchdowns in a 54-28 win over the Chargers.
"They can bring it on the offensive side," Buboltz said. "Rumpza is a tall sophomore and he has a good group of receivers.
"But in the big scheme of it I thought that our kids just played fantastic. We were right there the whole game (trailing 33-28 after three quarters) and we hung in with them."
MVL led 14-7 after the first quarter.
"We would have had the lead right before half also but we punted the ball and they scored right before half and we trailed 25-20 at halftime," Buboltz said.
Blooming Prairie rushed for 149 yards in the game, which was enough to keep the Chargers honest, according to Buboltz.
The final score indicates a blowout, but Buboltz feels that the game was closer than the end score indicates.
"It just ended up the way it did because of a punt return for a score and a safety. This was a close game - they just ran away at the end," Buboltz said.
Buboltz said that his offensive line played well as the Chargers rushed for more than 300 yards in the game.
"We had a fine team effort - we just came up short on the scoreboard."
HOUNDS GRAB LEAD RIGHT AWAY: New Ulm Cathedral football coach Denny Lux called his team's 39-12 win over Sleepy Eye Friday night a team effort.
"We got a lot of guys involved in the running and passing game," Lux said. "That goes back to the idea that we did put the whole team out there and use everybody we have on the roster."
Cathedral scored on five of its first seven possessions, which Lux was happy about.
"With any team that runs the Wing-T, the first three things that you do is run the sweep, the trap and the bootleg," Lux said. "Those guys believe in those three plays and the rest of our offense comes off of that action. It was a good evening for us."
Sophomore Austin Cooper had another solid game with 184 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Cathedral picked off three passes in the game.
Another factor in the win was that Cathedral did not turn the ball over in the game.
"That gave us more possession and better field position," Lux said. "You can just see the confidence building in our younger players. We are not talking about a new team anymore with the younger players. We have played four games. There is a cohesiveness in this team from the freshmen to the seniors."
DUNN GETS 100TH WIN: Paul Dunn won his 100th career game as the head football coach for Springfield when the Tigers beat New Ulm Cathedral earlier this year. Dunn currently has a 14-year record of 102-43....New Ulm High School will host Melrose in a non-conference football game on October 12. This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools.