NEW ULM - New?Ulm Cathedral's Adam Schnobrich scored six touchdowns as the Greyhounds defeated Red Rock Central 40-26 in Southern Minnesota Conference football action Friday at Johnson Field.
Schnobrich scored on three touchdown runs of nine yards each plus runs of four yards, 41 yards and one yard as the Greyhounds improved to 5-2 on the season. He finished the game with 209 yards on the ground on 29 carries.
Despite Schnobrich's success on the ground, the Falcons weren't about to stand around and watch. They kept it close late in the game, but Schnobrich's sixth touchdown of the contest, this one from nine yards out, made it 40-26 with 1:27 left in the game.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Red Rock Central wide receiver Jeff Decock (3) attempts to pull away from New Ulm Cathedral linebacker Brandon Beranek (63) during the second quarter Friday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.
"This was a great game to play, when we'd score, sometimes we'd give up a big play, but we always answered back," Cathedral's Jake Stadick said, who helped the Greyhound offense gain 275 yards of total offense on the ground. Stadick finished with 39 yards rushing.
Cathedral head coach Denny Lux not only credited Schnobrich, but the offensive line.
"I give a lot of credit to the offensive line," Lux said.?"It seemed like we had to match score after score. Early on, I didn't think we'd get into a slugfest, and we don't wanna get into a slugfest with anyone because we're a ball-control team. But you give Red Rock a lot of credit, they made big plays and they've got big-play guys."
Schnobrich gained a lot of his yards out of the Power I offense.
"Part of what it is, when we're in the Power I, it's good to get Adam going downfield," Lux said. "We've got another senior, Ben Kittler as his blocking back, so that all works out."
Schnobrich's first score came with four seconds left in the first quarter and the Greyhounds went up 8-0 on the two-point conversion. RRC answered with a four-yard run by Jeff Decock to cut the lead to 8-6.
Schnobrich then broke a 41-yard run to put his team up 14-6 before the Falcons answered on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Decock that made it 14-12.
Schnobrich later scored on a nine-yard run and a four-yard run later in the second quarter and the Greyhounds took a 27-12 lead into halftime.
Cathedral added to the lead in the third quarter after Schnobrich scored from one yard out to make it 34-12 after the PAT.
Decock scored his third touchdown of the game with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter to make it 34-20 after the two-point conversion. Jesse Rogotzke then scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass that made it 34-26 with 5:41 left in the game before the final touchdown by Schnobrich.
The Falcons finished the game with 178 yards passing and 98 yards rushing.
Defensively, Kittler had 15 tackles and Jeff Osborne had 10 tackles.
Cathedral hosts Blooming Prairie at 7 p.m. Wednesday and RRC plays Melrose Wednesday at St. Cloud State University.