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BP wallops WEM 39-6

Blooming Prairie, football, 2022
Blossoms linebacker Alex Lea dives to break up a pass as he pressures WEM’s quarterback in the two teams’ game last week. Lea and the Awesome Blossoms’ defense were effective and held the Buccaneers to six points in Blooming Prairie's 39-6 win. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Blooming Prairie came hot out of the gates against WEM, putting a four-quarter beating on the Buccaneers in Waterville to the tune of a 39-7 win last weekend.

The Blossoms seemingly took possession of the game right from the opening kickoff and never let off the gas pedal.

“We talked about it before the game, last time we went out on a road trip we came out extremely flat. We wanted to come out tonight doing exactly what we did: Bringing the energy and taking control of the game from the start,” said head coach Chad Gimbel.

After stuffing WEM on three straight plays after the kickoff, Blooming Prairie was the first team to find pay dirt after sophomore running back Cole Wangen took a 10-yard rush to the house to cap a quick scoring drive with 9:10 remaining in the first quarter.

A botched point-after attempt that saw the ball be snapped over holder Brady Kittelson’s head kept the game at 6-0.

After another quick stop on defense following the ensuing kickoff, Blooming Prairie scored again on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Kittelson to wide receiver Cade Christianson.

This time Blooming Prairie tacked on the extra point, and the score moved to 13-0 with 7:31 left to go in the first.

Already up by two possessions, Blooming Prairie did not let up as Wangen once again found the end zone on a seven-yard rush to make the score 19-0 with another missed extra point.

Both sides kept one another off of the scoreboard for the rest of the first quarter until Blooming Prairie’s Wangen broke the goal line again with a six-yard rushing touchdown following an extended drive with 5:05 remaining in the half.

Missed extra points were Blooming Prairie’s only miscues of the game as the Blossoms missed their third attempt following the score to leave the game at 25-0.

Blooming Prairie managed to hold WEM to zero points in the half, and found the end zone once more on a four-yard rush by Wangen with seven seconds remaining until halftime.

This time the extra point was successful and Blooming Prairie took a 32-0 lead to the locker rooms.

After the half, the Blossoms cashed in one more time on a 13-yard receiving touchdown from Kittelson to wide receiver Cale Braaten to end the touchdown tyrade against WEM.

The Buccaneers did manage to score once in the fourth quarter, but it came far too late for WEM as the mercy-rule running clock brought the game to an early end at 39-6.

Kittelson lead the team with 161 passing yards and two touchdowns on 13 completions, while Wangen led on the ground with 94 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries.

Blooming Prairie will look to continue its winning ways on the road against a red-hot St. Clair/Loyola team on Friday at 7 p.m.

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