NEW ULM - It was just another day at the office for the New Ulm Cathedral football team and senior Adam Schnobrich.
Schnobrich rushed for 176 yards on 16 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Greyhounds used a solid running game and a rock-hard defense to blank Sleepy Eye 27-0 Tuesday night in Section 2A football.
Schnobrich scored on runs of 20, seven, 10 and two yards in addition to having a 40-yard run called back by a Cathedral holding call.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Ben Kittler (24) brings down Sleepy Eye quarterback Saul Ibarra during the Greyhounds’ Section 2A playoff win Tuesday at Johnson Field in New Ulm. Also in the photo is the Greyhounds’ Jack Waibel (right) and the Indians’ Tucker Schuster (62).
Cathedral will now play at Springfield, a 54-0 winner over Mankato Loyola, at 7 p.m. Saturday in Springfield.
"This was a very physical football game," Cathedral coach Denny Lux said. "I was pleased at how our guys came out and played very physical on offense and defense. Our downfield blocking was driving them back and of course our backs were reading those blocks."
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Cathedral wasted little time in showing its domination when it took the opening kickoff and marched 49 yards on four plays. Schnobrich collected the first of his four touchdowns when he raced 20 yards into the end zone at the 8:51 mark. Nathan Berg's extra point kick made it 7-0.
The Greyhounds then began their second scoring drive of the game with 2:12 left in the first quarter and ended it 55 seconds into the second quarter when Schnobrich scooted in from seven yards out. The score was set up by runs of 14 and 24 yards by Schnobrich.
After a Cathedral 11-play drive stalled, the Indians took over. But a Jake Stadick interception of a Brandon Polesky pass set the stage for Schnobrich's third trip into the end zone.
Schnobrich needed just two plays to go 14 yards and move Cathedral into a 20-0 lead at halftime.
"I feel good that this was a physical game," Lux said. "They came in and were physical also. But we were able to wear them down with our running game."
Schnobrich's fourth touchdown came on the opening possession of the second half when Cathedral went 84 yards on 14 plays, with Schnobrich powering in from two yards out.
"I am not keeping track of who is scoring on this team," said Lux about Schnobrich, who had six touchdowns in a game this year against Red Rock Central. "We just want to make sure that we get into the end zone. A lot of that is the offensive line."
Sleepy Eye coach Cory Haala, who has seen his team hit with the injury bug all season, had two more starters leave the game with injuries.
"From beginning to end, it has been one of those years," he said. "It has been hard to get the same team on the field each week."