Column: Friday was a big night for Buboltz and MVL football

Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s 12-0 win over Southland Friday night was big for three reasons.

It was the Chargers’ first win of the season.

It snapped a 13-game losing streak.

And it was head coach Jim Buboltz’s 100th career coaching win.

Buboltz said that he had a lot of emotions after the shutout road win.

“I have been so blessed beyond what I deserved,” he said. “It means a lot to me because I know that this group of guys have been pushing very hard maybe to a fault and have put the pressure on themselves. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to coach football at MVL. I have had some very good parents and some great players.”

Buboltz said that he likes his team’s schedule for the last part of the season.

“There are some games that we can be in and really challenge and compete well in,” he said. “If that happens we can make a late surge in the section.”

One of the reasons that the Chargers seem to be turning the season around has been because of the play of quarterback Matt Munsen, who has thrown for five touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Munsen threw for 160 yards and added 124 yards on the ground, including an 80-yard touchdown run.

GREYHOUNDS LOSE GAME IN FOURTH QUARTER: New Ulm Cathedral saw Murray County Central outscore it 12-0 in the fourth quarter in a 34-20 loss on Friday night.

“Both teams were matching each other’s scores but in that fourth quarter we could not keep up with what they were doing,” Cathedral coach Denny Lux said. “We had a few breakdowns in that [fourth] quarter and that was all it took for them to get that edge on us.”

Lux said that his team saw a different kind of defense in the game.

“I felt we adjusted to it,” he said. “We threw the ball six times in the game and were able to get some long throws off that set us up for some scores.”

Despite the loss, Lux said that there are still four regular season games left.

“Besides Murray County Central (3-0) in our Section [3A] everybody else seems to be fairly even [two teams 2-2 and five teams 1-3],” Lux said.

Lux said that the Rebels’ defense set up to try and keep the Greyhounds from going to their right.

“We took advantage of some things to the other side of the field and Mark [Schommer, two touchdowns] took advantage of that,” Lux said. “He had a good game on offense and defense and we needed him to have that.”

EAGLES LACK NUMBERS: New Ulm High School came in with 42 rostered players for their game with Marshall with 12 of them being freshmen.

Marshall rostered 60 players with no freshmen on the roster.

Marshall also was bigger than the Eagles on the line going 205, 235, 246, 220 and 220 compared to New Ulm’s 205, 225, 210, 185 and 220.

And the Tigers were more athletic, quicker and faster.

That goes back to two things and it is not a big secret. Getting the bigger and more athletic kids out for football and also getting them to believe in the weight room and committing to using it.

It is pretty simple.

New Ulm Steel to have “Meet and Greet” at Pizza Ranch

There will be a New Ulm Steel “Meet And Greet” from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pizza Ranch in New Ulm.

People will be able to meet the players from the Steel who will bus tables and hand out Steel schedules.

It is also “Kids Night” at the Pizza Ranch that night. Kids ages 12 and under will be able to eat free with each paid adult.

Any tips left will be put into a General Fund to help off-set costs throughout the season.

Also part of the profit from sales that night will also be donated to the Steel.