Bluejays soar by Eagles 62-0

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm running back Sean Howk follows the block of teammate Russel Hellendrung (72) during the second quarter Thursday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — The Waseca Bluejays scored on all six of their offensive possessions of the first half and then capped off the first half with a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown as Waseca built a 49-0 lead at half-time and rolled to a 62-0 win over New Ulm Thursday night in Big South Conference football.

Bluejays quarterback Hunter Rodriguez threw for four first half touchdowns, three of them going to sophomore wide receiver Kyreesa Willingham on passes of 6 and 8 yards and a 31-yard aerial.

Hayden Groll added two, first-half scoring runs of 1 and 2 yards and Beau Milbrett returned a punt 52 yards for a score.

“They are going to be one of the better teams in the section,” New Ulm coach Corey Kneeshaw said. “They have size, speed and experience knew this was going to be a tough game to start the season off with. But I think that we are better than what we showed out there tonight.”

New Ulm ran 12 offensive plays in the first quarter, while Waseca ran 13.

But after the first 12 minutes, the Bluejays held a 22-0 lead thanks to two Groll touchdown runs sandwiched around a Willingham 6-yard scoring pass.

New Ulm ran 13 offensive plays in the second quarter to only eight for Waseca, but all of the Bluejays’ possessions resulted in offensive touchdowns.

And Waseca capped off the end of the first half with a Milbrett 52-yard punt return.

“I think that the snowball effect got to us early on,” Kneeshaw said. “We are going to get better.”

Tanner Brinkmann’s 14-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter made it 56-0 before Ryan Dufault returned an interception 35 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown to end the scoring.

Kneeshaw felt that his team showed toughness in the second half which he felt they did not show in the first half.

“Nolan Drill (Eagles’ quarterback) gave me what I thought he would,” Kneeshaw said. “He is battler and he is going to go out and compete every single time. We are on to Worthington now. That is our focus.”