As lopsided as the stats were, one would think the Blazers would have won by a larger margin than 28-0 over Sumner-Fredericksburg there, Oct. 8.
The Blazers gained 444 yards total offense, holding S-F to a mere 77. They ran 65 plays to 45, passed for 163 yards to 17, earned 21 first downs to six. But on the flip side, they were penalized nine times for 85 yards compared to 3-for-35 and lost three fumbles on a slippery night in Sumner.
In the end, the Blazers remain undefeated (6-0) in Class 2A District 4 action and set for a showdown with MFL MarMac, Oct. 15 at home. The S-F Cougars fall to 2-4 and out of the playoff picture.
The game began slowly. It took until five minutes were left in the second quarter for the Blazers to reach the endzone, on a 20-yard run from quarterback Cayden Gassmann. Logan Burchard’s extra-point kick, the first of four, was perfect as usual.
Things livened up in the third quarter. Four minutes into the frame, Gassmann completed a drive with a nine-yard run to make it 14-0. Seven minutes later, he hit Max Mullis for a 21-yard scoring jaunt to up the margin to 21-0.
A mere two minutes later, starting the fourth, Padraig Gallagher was the recipient of a 32-yard throw from Gassmann for the final mark 28-0. Gassmann finished with 8-of-13 for 163 yards. He spread the goods around, to Mullis with 4-for-42, Gallagher 1-for-32, Michael Dinan 1-for-41, Conner Grover 1-for-35 and Lane Kramer 1-for-13.
On the rushing side, Owen Huehnergarth led totals with 25 carries for 119 yards. Gassmann was 15-for-99, Nick Wulfekuhle 3-for-30, Mullis 3-for-23, Kramer 2-for-11.
Defensively, the Blazers sacked the S-F quarterback four times and pulled in two interceptions, both from Gassmann who was a jack-of-all-trades for the game. Wulfekuhle led the tackle numbers with six (four solo, 1.5 for loss), followed by Jason Koopmann 4.5 (three, one), Elliot Naughton 4.5 (two, one), Ben Lueck 3.5 (three, one), Burchard three (three), Ty Fangman three (two, .5), Arturo Venegas 2.5 (two, 1.5), Luke Boge 2.5 (one, one), Mullis and Eric Heinrichs two (two), Gassmann 1.5 (one,one), Kramer 1.5 (one, .5), Dinan 1.5 (one), Oakley Harbaugh and Grover one (one).
Mullis punted once for 42 yards, Eli Kluesner returned three punts for 48 yards and a kickoff for 26.
Coach Mark Atwater called it “not our prettiest game but we were able to get the job done. For our kids, even on an off-night, we had good focus and effort, but we couldn’t get out of our own way with some costly turnovers and penalties. Our defense really rose to the occasion and made the night. Our tackling and pursuit of the football was excellent.
“In the end, we were able to put the game away and put us in a good position going into the last week of the season. We have controlled what we can control and it sets up a big game with MFL. If we can right some of those turnovers and penalties, I feel good about our offense. Our defense has been stout all year and hopefully, that can continue. We are excited for another big game at home on our turf.”