Thompson shines as Chargers win big

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Minnesota Valley Lutheran's Nick Bleick (19) is tackled just short of the goal line after making a catch in the second quarter of the Chargers playoff win against Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons Tuesday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Luke Thompson threw for four touchdown passes and ran for another as Minnesota Valley Lutheran blasted Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons 45-8 Tuesday night in a Section 2A football game.

Thompson threw for scoring strikes of 5, 76, 71 and and 6 yards and ran one in from 1 yard out.

His 76-yarder went to Christian Edwards and gave MVL a 13-0 lead before he hit brother Cole Thompson for a 71-yard scoring strike two possessions later.

David Santelman latched a short 6-yard pass with Kaiden Hammerschmidt scoring on a 5-yard pass and a 2-yard run.

All in all it was another dominating performance from the Chargers, who are scheduled to host New Ulm Cathedral at 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Field.

“I am so elated with the way our guys have played in our last 14 quarters,” Chargers coach Jim Buboltz said. “We have dominated teams. Their touchdown was the first defensive touchdown we have given up in 14 quarters and we have outscored opponents 162-6.”

And Luke Thompson was on fire with four touchdown passes in the first half as MVL built a 38-0 lead at halftime.

“He [Thompson] has grown up so much the second half of the year from that second half of the Springfield game through this game,” Buboltz said. “The decision-making, the elusiveness — he has just shown how special of a player he is. He gets so many people involved.

“We are hoping that we can play Saturday but we just thank God for every day,” he said. “I am so proud of our seniors especially and this is a great way to start the tournament.”


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