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Tigers pick up victory over Greyhounds

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Jordan Toll (15) of Springfield tries to catch New Ulm Cathedral running back Eric Furth (44) during the third quarter Friday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Springfield defeated New Ulm Cathedral on Friday 19-7 in Southwest District football action.

Springfield took its initial possession of the game and moved down the field. Brendon Buerkle threw to Tori Helget for an 8-yard gain. Kadin Johnson gained 7-yards and a first down. Ashtin Johnson ran 25-yards for a touchdown with 8:49 left in the first quarter. Mark Peschges kicked for the extra point and a 7-0 Tiger lead and they took that lead into halftime.

Cathedral took possession of the ball at its own 25 in the third quarter. Sam Knowles threw a pass to Eric Furth and that set up a 31-yard touchdown by Furth with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Justin Berg’s kick tied it at 7-7.

Later, the Greyhounds tried a fake punt, but the Tiger defense stopped the play in its tracks. Two plays later, Johnson ran 10-yards for a touchdown with 10:04 remaining. Peschges’ kick was blocked, making it 13-7 Springfield.

Springfield’s MaCoy Krick intercepted a Knowles pass at the Springfield 30-yard line. Buerkle hit Johnson for a key first down play. Two plays later, Buerkle tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Toll with 2:47 remaining in the contest. Buerkle tried to pass the ball for the 2-point conversion, but it was incomplete.

Furth led Cathedral with 16 carries for 94-yards and one touchdown. Berg had five receptions for 55-yards.

Defensively, Knowles and Noah Wilmes had 12 tackles apiece.

Cathedral will travel to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Friday. Springfield will play at Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Friday.

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