What can you say about a 69-0 win where the continuous clock began before the first quarter ended? The Blazers dumped 35 points on the hapless Postville team with 1:38 left in the first quarter Sept. 24 there in a Class 2A, District 4 win.
Postville, losers last week 64-0, never knew what hit them. Owen Huehnergarth punched in from the four with two minutes gone in the game to lead 7-0 when Logan Burchard’s first of seven extra-point kicks went through. Huehnergarth raced 37 yards two minutes later for a 13-0 tally. The Blazers added insult to injury with a safety less than two minutes later.
A minute after that, Max Mullis ran for 23 and made it 21-0. Cayden Gassmann found Padraig Gallagher open at the 3:35 mark for a 13-yard tally, 28-0, and the clock began when Gassmann hit Luke Schieltz for 26 more yards, 35-0 before the first quarter ended.
In the second frame, Nick Wulfekuhle scored on an eight-yard run, Burchard converted a 31-yard field goal and Wulfekuhle tacked on a 63-yard ramble to make it 52-0 at halftime.
Oakley Harbaugh capped the first series of the second half with a 10-yard run. Burchard hit his second field goal of the game at the 4:52 mark to make it 62-0 and Johan Platel ran two yards on their final series for the 69-0 mark.
And while the offense was running wild, the defense was doing their thing, holding Postville to a negative 16 total yards on the night in 40 plays, allowing just one first down, intercepting them four times and forcing a fumble, just your average night of work.
Coach Mark Atwater added, “This was a great night to get a lot of guys into the game. Those guys who come each week and work to get our first group ready deserved to play tonight. It was good to see them have success. Games like this are hard to prepare for but it was good to see our guys take a championship approach this week and just get better as a team. Now we keep moving forward. This will be a big week coming up but we have been building for a while. We are excited for the next challenge.”
Individual stats include: passing — Gassmann 3-of-7 for 56 yards and two TDs; receiving – Schieltz 1-for-26, TD, Mullis 1-for-17, Gallagher 1-for-13 TD; rushing – Mullis 4-for-74, TD, Wulfekuhle 2-for-71 two TDs, Huehnergarth 3-for-54 two TDs, Platel 12-for-20, TD, Luke Harwick 3-for-15, Harbaugh 2-for-14 TD, Gavin Davis 1-for-8, Schieltz 1-for-4; PATs-Burchard 7-of-9; field goals — Burchard 2-of-3; punt returns — Schieltz 3-for-39; tackles — Wulfekuhle four (three solo, 2.5 for loss), Michael Dinan three (three, three), Eli Kluesner three (two, 1.5), Mullis and Ryan Funke two (one, 1.5), Arturo Venegas two (two, two), Davis, two (one, 1.5), Gallagher and Connor McCarraher two (two, one), Alex Hageman two (two), Harbaugh 1.5 (one 1.5), Ty Fangman 1.5 (one, .5), Brett Burlage, Elliot Naughton one (one, one), Griffin Davis one (one), Morgan Schulte one (.5), Burchard and Schieltz one, Huehnergarth and Platel 0.5; interceptions: Mullis, Burchard, Eric Heinrichs, TJ Thier.