NEW ULM - Minnesota Valley Lutheran football coach Jim Buboltz felt that his team carried some momentum over from last week's three strong quarters against Martin County West into its game Friday night against Red Rock Central.
The end result was a 36-16 road win against the Falcons.
"It was good that they carried over the positives from last week," Buboltz said. "We put together a good during the week and we had a four quarter game where we executed. I was happy and very pleased with the team."
This was a game that the Chargers led from the opening kickoff 10-0 after the first quarter and built that to a 24-0 halftime cushion and a 30-0 lead going into the final quarter.
"I was really pleased with both our offensive and defensive line play," Buboltz said. "I felt that they did a fantastic job. Guys like Trapper Holden, who is coming back from an injury played well. Blake Gluth, a sophomore who is starting, is having a great year. Eric Westpahl, Jake Mielke and Nick Dewanz opened holes."
Buboltz said the defensive line set the tone for the game.
The play of the Chargers' offensive line set the tone for something that Buboltz has not had in his 14 years as head coach at MVL: Three backs - Grant Wilson, Nate Wong and Seth Kroells - all ending with more than 100 yards rushing. Wilson and Wong each totaled 112 yards on the ground followed by 108 for Kroells.
"We had great balance," Buboltz said. "Everything was off of the [Kroells]. Everything came off of him. Both Wilson and Wong fed off of the fact that they had to try and take Kroells away. Seth really ran it a lot [23 carries] and pounded the ball."
The win was MVL's first in four games in the Southern Minnesota Conference.
"I told the guys that we have played very well at times and yet just a little mistake here and there has cost us three games," Buboltz said. "We want to get ourselves on the right course now for the playoffs. That is what our goal is."
GREYHOUNDS ROLL ON GROUND: One of the keys to New Ulm Cathedral's 31-12 win against Cedar Mountian/Comfrey on Friday was ball control, which it did with a strong running game.
The solid runing attack also allowed the Greyhounds to control the ball in the first 24 minutes of the game for scoring drives that ate up almost 15 minutes.
That kept the Greyhounds' offense on the field and the passing attack of the Cougars watching on the sidelines.
"They are a quck-scoring team with their passing attack and their receivers," said Cathedral coach Denny Lux. "We knew that we needed to hold onto the ball and have some long drives and keep their offense off of the field."
The Greyhounds also displayed their backfield balance with four different players scoring touchdowns.
"That has been our staple the for the last 10 years now is that we do not want to highlight one back," Lux said. "We want to make sure that a defense has to cover the whole field. Our backs - especially Jacob Gangelhoff and Gabe Knowles - are understanding that because they are kind of new to the backfield this year. Austin Cooper was in the backfield last year. With all of the players understanding their roles it make us a tough team to defend."
EAGLES NOT READY TO PLAY: New Ulm High football coach Tony Ortmann said his team was not ready to play against Blue Earth Area in a 39-7 loss on Friday.
"We did not come out ready to play," Ortmann said. "We made a lot of mental errors that cost us in penalties in the first half.
"We need our kids ready to play in the beginning - it cannot take them a beating in the first two quarters to come out in the third quarter and be ready to play."
The Eagles were down 33-7 at halftime.
He did say that the team made halftime adjustments on what they could do defensively.
"We did not tackle well in that first half," Ortmann said. "We were not aggressive and we needed to be aggressive."