Blossoms top Wildcats in battle of unbeatens
In a game befitting two state-ranked teams, the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms celebrated a successful homecoming with a hard-fought 20-14 victory over visiting Goodhue (4-1) on Friday, September 28.
It marked a small measure of revenge for the Blossoms, who had lost twice to the Wildcats this past season, the latter in the Section 1A finals.
“We didn’t play our best game, but we found a way to get the job done,” Blooming Prairie head coach Chad Gimbel said. “I thought the defense
played strong all night, and the offensive line put forth a good effort in keeping the backfield clean for quarterback Seth Peterson to find passing lanes.”
The game featured solid defenses by both sides, but with just 3:23 left on the clock, BP used a 5-yard keeper from Peterson to score the third touchdown of the game and set off celebrations by
A last ditch effort by Goodhue ended with a Colin Lerumpass interception and Peterson’s two kneel downs.
That winning touchdown was set up by a 31-yard grab by Gabe Hagen and a screen pass to Pryor,
It marked the third time in the game that Pryor had bailed the offense out via a screen pass, and the score kept the Blossom record spotless at 5-0.
After a scoreless first ten minutes of the game, Goodhue used the running of Bjorn Otterness, the last for 25 yards to the Blossom 11, as the quarter ended.
On 3rd-and-3, Kaleb O’Reilly bulled his way into the end zone to open the second quarter, and Goodhue led 6-0 at 11:51 to go in the second.
The Blossoms retaliated later in the quarter, when a stout defensive effort forced a Wildcat punt from the end zone that landed on the 23-yard line.
Karson Vigeland caught two shortpasses and a fourth down
screen to Pryor left the ba on the two-yard line, where Peterson found Hagen on a
slant pass for the touchdown.
Carson Brennecke kicked the extra point, and the Blossoms led 7-6 at the four-minute mark.
With just over two minutes left before the break, the locals began a drive from midfield.
Another screen pass to Pryor kept the drive alive and left the ball on the five-yard line.
Peterson scored the first of his two touchdowns from 5 yards out, and BP led 14-6 at the half.
Goodhue used the first ten minutes of the third quarter on a 14-play drive that ended on the Blossom two.
BP went three and out, and punted, and the Wildcats began again on the home 41-yard line.
The quarter ended with the visitors on the BP 21, and two plays into the final quarter, The Wildcats scored the touchdown.
A trick pass play scored the two-point conversion and the score was tied 14-14.
That set up the BP winning drive, following punts from both teams o xt two