Chargers win in homecoming rout

NEW ULM – A.J. Buboltz wasn’t about to be stopped on his last homecoming.

The senior quarter from Minnesota Valley Lutheran passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 60 yards and two more scores as the Chargers defeated Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 55-7 on Friday at Johnson Field.

Matt Munsen had two touchdown receptions for the Chargers (2-2), who travel to Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s on Friday for a big Southwest District – East Division game.

“It’s awesome, I can’t really explain it,” Buboltz said. “We’ve had a few leads before, but winning on homecoming, especially senior year, it’s awesome.”

The Cougars scored on the second play of scrimmage when quarterback Eli Samuelson found Riley Reding for an 80-yard scoring strike. After that, the MVL defense pitched a shutout.

“It was a little slip, we had been practicing it and we kind of just let him get behind us,” Buboltz said.

The Chargers took over after that. Buboltz scored on a 15-yard keeper and later found Munsen for a 57-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 left in the first quarter to put MVL up 14-7.

Munsen later caught a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Buboltz took off for a 44-yard score with 9:13 left in the second quarter to put his team ahead 28-7. A 3-yard run by Josiah Glowicki made it 35-7, which is where it stayed at halftime.

Jake Kettner and Jacob Kiecker had touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter, Kettner’s coming on an 89-yard play and the Chargers were ahead 48-7 for running time in the fourth quarter.

Buboltz and his receivers seemed to have the timing on the routes down just fine. He completed 7 of 8 passes in the game.

“It’s everything, it’s easy for me just to know where to put the ball for them,” Buboltz said.

MVL scored one more time in the fourth quarter, this time when backup quarterback Mason Cox found Izayah Harrison.

CM/C (0-4) plays Sleepy Eye on Friday. Friday’s loss was the eighth straight loss over the last two seasons MVL has another big game.

“We’re on a big high right now, we just want to keep rolling on through,” Buboltz said.

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