Chargers win crosstown battle

NEW ULM – When you can run the ball, good things happen.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran used a strong running game to set up a strong passing game and overcame a New Ulm Cathedral lead and topped the Greyhounds 29-16 Friday night at Johnson Field in a Southwest District-East game.

Matt Munsen scored twice for MVL (1-2), first on a 22-yard interception return in the first quarter and then on a game-clinching 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback A.J. Buboltz. Josiah Glowicki, who ended the game with 30 carries for 157 yards, scored on a 3-yard run. Buboltz scored on a 12-yard third-quarter run.

John Gillis and Brendan O’Brien scored on touchdown passes of 64 and 59 yards respectively. Gillis left the game in the fourth quarter with a serious knee injury.

MVL head coach Jim Buboltz said that his team’s comeback when it was down 16-15 early in the third quarter was huge.

“We went down and knowing how we played the first two weeks it would have been very easy for us to put our heads down,” he said. “But we came back.”

A.J. Buboltz finished the game 10-for-18 for 166 yards.

MVL got on the board first when Matt Munsen stepped in front of a Jacob Manderfeld pass and returned in 22 yards for a touchdown. A.J. Buboltz then hit Matt Stein for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

MVL upped the lead to 15-0 early in the second quarter when Glowicki scored on a 2-yard run.

But the Greyhounds returned fire three plays later on a 64 yard screen pass from Manderfeld to John Gillis to cut the Chargers’ lead to 15-8 at halftime.

Cathedral used the air show to take a 16-15 lead early in the third quarter when Manderfeld found O’Brien for a 59-yard scoring strike.

“This is a whole level different game for him,” said Cathedral coach Denny Lux about Manderfeld. “He has come a long way, if it had not been for him throwing the ball, we may not have scored tonight.”

Down by a point, the Chargers got to work.

First, it was an 8-play, 51-yard scoring drive that ended when A.J. Buboltz ran the ball in from 12 yards out for a 23-16 MVL lead.

Buboltz’s run, off an option to Glowicki, was set up by Glowicki’s ability to run the ball in that drive. He carried the ball three times for 16 yards.

The Chargers’ ability to run the ball paid off big dividends in the final quarter when they marched 73 yards in 12 plays and used the strong ground game to set up the eventual game-clinching score.

Of those 12 plays in that drive, Glowicki carried the ball eight times for 46 yards.

With the run going strong, it enabled A.J. Buboltz to hit pass completions of 16 yards to Jake Kettner followed by the 20-yard touchdown play-action pass to Munsen for the 29-16 lead with 2:20 left in the game.

“We wanted to run the ball with Josiah back there,” coach Buboltz said. “He is a power back but he has some nice speed too. Josiah and A.J. both play well off each other. When they carry out the reads on the option and the veer it can be pretty dangerous.”

Buboltz is also happy to have Glowicki in his backfield.

“The big thing is that now we have a legitimate running game – a legitimate power running game and I hope that now defenses cannot take away everything.”