Eagles, Chargers, Greyhounds all draw road games for playoffs Tuesday
Even though New Ulm High School lost to Waseca on Wednesday night, Eagles junior running back Cole Ranweiler achieved a milestone in the game.
His 116 yards rushing gave him 1,060 yards on the season on 174 carries for an average of 6.09 yards per carry.
The Eagles, who finished the regular season at 3-5, will open Section 2AAAA playoffs next Tuesday at Jordan.
Jordan defeated the Eagles 33-14 earlier in the season.
“When you play a big, physical team like Waseca, it takes a lot out of you,” New Ulm head coach Eric Kauffmann said. “We kept our starters in the game as long as we could, but in the second half we pulled some players for some younger kids who we feel can help us in the future. And they did really well.
“We put in a couple of sophomores in Dylen Carreon (offensive line) and running back Jaden Miller. They have been some of our better JV players this year — they did a pretty good job. They are going to be good, strong players for us in the future.”
Kauffmann added that the Eagles did throw the ball more than they normally do.
Kauffmann said that in their last meeting with Jordan, the Hubmen had a couple of players injured and does not know if they are back for Tuesday’s game.
“This is as good of matchup as we could get — we played well against them — so we are going to look at that film and see what we need to do different than the last time we played them.”
CHARGERS ON ROAD FOR PLAYOFFS: Despite an impressive 30-13 win over an Adrian team that came in at 4-3, the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers (2-6) were seeded sixth in Section 2A and will travel to Waterville Tuesday night to take on the 5-3 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Comets, who were seeded third behind United South Central (8-0) and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (6-2).
The Chargers put together perhaps their best fourth quarter of football on Friday as they outscored Adrian 16-0.
Chargers head coach Jim Buboltz said that the win came down to one aspect.
“We were consistent.” he said. “I am proud of my kids because it has been a tough year for us.”
If Cox and Jace Marotz can keep connecting through the air and running backs Colton Collum and Carlos Ramirez (who left game with a foot injury early in the second quarter and was awaiting X-ray results) can repeat their efforts along with the Chargers offensive and defensive lines, MVL is going to be a very tough out for any team.
GREYHOUNDS TO MEET BETHLEHEM ACADEMY: The New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds, 2-6 after their 34-0 loss to Springfield Wednesday, will play at Faribault, taking on the 2-6 Bethlehem Academy Cardinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.
The Cardinals come into this 2A section game having lost games to Goodhue (14-12), Blooming Prairie (48-6) and Randolph (34-26) on Wednesday.
This will be the Greyhounds’ first trek into the East section of Class 2A.
“What we have to remember coming into practice (Friday) is that we just got done playing one of the better teams in Class A in Springfield.” Cathedral head coach Denny Lux said. “So we can’t be too tough on ourselves mentally because Springfield has a lot of upperclassmen and they have that experience with a deep playoff run from last year.”
Lux said that his team will practice Friday, Saturday and Monday.
“By this point in the season, defensively you have seen every different look that there is,” Lux said. “High school football has changed so much with some of the younger coaches coming out of college bringing the spread game and different aspects of that. And our offense has seen numerous ways that teams have tried to defend the Michigan T offense. Lately we have seen bigger bodies against our offense. We are giving up a lot of weight in our offensive line, so our backs need to get to their holes quicker and be more deceptive. If it turns into a one-on-one game, that is more difficult for some of our offensive linemen.”