Blooming Prairie batters Buccaneers, 47-0
The Awesome Blossoms got off to a hot start against WEM on Friday, cruising to a 47-0 victory.
The Blossoms tallied 41 of their 47 points in the first half alone, posting 20 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second.
The game began with a 91-yard kickoff return touchdown scored by senior running back Tyler Archer, immediately putting the Blossoms up 7-0 after a successful PAT.
The score was Archer's first of the night and one of his three touchdowns on the evening.
Not long after his initial special teams score, Archer once again found the end zone - this time rushing in from 49 yards out.
The 49-yard run was his longest of the game, for a total of 78 yards on four rushing attempts for the night.
The score made the game 14-0 after another successful extra point.
Senior quarterback Drew Kittelson was next to join the scoring, tossing an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Colin Jordison in the back of the end zone.
Jordison completed the scoring play by making a leaping catch over the WEM defender.
The Awesome Blossoms failed to convert the extra point, making the score 20-0.
By the end of the first quarter, the Blooming Prairie crowd had even more reason to cheer as a plethora of players came in and out of the game, with some being younger athletes who had not received much time on the field in the first few games.
However, the team's starters were not done scoring.
Kittelson once again found an open man in senior running back Carson Brennecke, who took a short pass from the 16-yard line in for a score.
After the extra point, Blooming Prairie held a 27-0 lead.
The Blooming Prairie running backs kept their scoring streak alive, as the next score came from freshman Cole Wangen.
Wangen took a handoff from the 13-yard line in for a score, running through multiple WEM defenders on his way into the end zone.
Wangen's score and the extra point made the game 34-0
The very next drive for WEM after the score, Archer intercepted a pass at the 29-yard line and took it to the house for the score, boosting Blooming Prairie's lead to 41-0.
The score completed Archer's trifecta of scoring on offense, defense and special teams.
The pick-six was the last score of the half, putting Blooming Prairie up 41-0 at halftime.
The second half was not as eventful as the first, as the Awesome Blossoms only managed one more touchdown with a failed extra point conversion to make the score 47-0.
A running clock put into place by the Minnesota mercy rule made the second half shorter than the first, limiting possessions for both sides.
Minnesota's high school rules dictate that a losing team can elect to have a running clock in the fourth quarter if they are down by more than 35 points.
Blooming Prairie's lone score in the fourth quarter came from another rush by Wangen, who found the end zone from 24 yards out.
The offense and defense continued to do their job as the team has now beaten their past two opponents by a combined total of 80-6.
Coming up next for Blooming Prairie is another home matchup against St. Clair on Friday.
The game is Blooming Prairie's homecoming game.
#4 Drew Kittelson – 4-5 81 yards 2 TD; #5 Cade Christianson – 0-2 0 yards 1 Int; #9 Brady Kittelson – 2-3 36 yards
#25 Tyler Archer – 4 att. 78 yards 1 TD; #24 Cole Wangen – 8 att. 85 yards 2 TD; #9 Brady Kittelson – 7 att. 56 yards; #86 Sam Skillestad – 1 att. 6 yards; #19 Cale Braaten – 1 att. -7 yards
#2 Colin Jordison – 1 rec. 18 yards 1 TD; #23 Carson Brennecke – 2 rec. 25 yards 1 TD; #12 Alex Lea – 1 rec. 16 yards; #16 Garret Farr – 1 rec. 38 yards; #24 Cole Wangen – 1 att. 20 yards
#25 Tyler Archer – 1.5 tackles 3 assist 1 ATFL 1 Int 1 TD; #12 Alex Lea – 8.0 tackles 6 solo 4 assist; #77 Cobey Sandte – 3.0 tackles 3 solo 2 TFL 1 sack #55 Vincent Hernandez – 1.0 tackle 1 solo 1 sack; #63 David Kartes – 1.0 tackle 1 solo 1 sack