BACK TO THE BANK
Senior quarterback Kaden Thomas threw for four touchdowns, and the Awesome Blossom football team punched its ticket to the state semi-finals with a convincing 42-20 victory over Springfield-Comfrey.
The game at Janesville on Saturday, Nov. 9, marked No. 11 in a row for the Blossoms on their inexorable march to U. S. Bank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 16, in an 11:30 a.m. contest.
In what has become a BP trademark, the team put up 21 first quarter points, added 14 in the second quarter, and went into the halftime break with a comfortable 35-7 lead. The defense took over in the second half, giving up a lot of yardage, but keeping Tiger points to a minimum. Two late touchdowns made the final score respectable, after a 74-yard run in the second quarter had given Springfield its first touchdown.
Blooming Prairie’s 21 first quarter points were all that they really needed to secure the victory. With about 9:15 left in the first quarter, Matthew Pryor shoved his way across the goal line to score the first touchdown of the game.
BP added another touchdown with 5:20 left in the first.
Karson Vigeland brought some excitement to the field when he had a 64-yard reception with 2:10 left in the first quarter. With :29 left, Pryor scored the third touchdown for the Blossoms with a short one yard run.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a 74-yard run, closing BP’s lead to 21-7.
With 1:06 left in the second, Alex Baldwin executed a 39-yard reception for BP’s fourth TD on the afternoon. Colin Jordison added his fourth extra point kick to put the Blossoms in a comfortable 28-7 lead.
Just :06 before halftime, BP added yet another touchdown on a 15-yard reception by Baldwin and extra point by Jordison to give them a 35-7 at halftime.
Springfield put up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter while the Blossoms added another insurance TD.
Thomas found Gabe Hagen and Alec Baldwin for two touchdowns each, one of Baldwin’s a 49-yard heave, and Matthew Pryor scored twice on the ground. The team piled up 427 total yards, with Pryor rushing for 132 yards and Thomas tossing the ball for 296.
Hagen caught 7 of 8 attempts for 123 yards, Baldwin caught 10 of 12 for 104 yards, and Karson Vigeland received 4 of 5 for 34 yards. Springfield ‘s offense rolled up 413 total yards, 173 through the air, but the BP defense did not break and held the Tigers to the two touchdowns after the half.
Coach Chad Gimbel again credited the whole team for the win, noting that the absence of turnovers kept the offense on the attack the entire game.
“I thought the defense played well, despite giving up a lot of yardage,” he said.
Zach Archer and Garrett Larson both had 10 tackles in the game, but the defense that Gimbel credited was led by Mitch Fiebiger, with a whopping 21 stops. Dylan Nirk added 8 tackles to boot. The defense really did step up, and every Blossom did his part in controlling Springfield. It was a great win that advanced the team to semi-final action.
Blossoms 42, Springfield 20
Blooming Prairie 21 14 0 7— 42
Springfield-Comfrey 0 7 0 13— 20