Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Quarterback Drew Kittelson plants hard on a cut to evade a defender.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips

Kittelson picks up where he left off

“When you have a quarterback that can do what he can do and make the reads he makes, it makes my job a lot easier.” -Chad Gimbel, Head coach

Blooming Prairie quarterback Drew Kittelson shows no signs of slowing down this season. He finished his first game of the season completing 10 of 12 passes for 242 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in a 57-6 victory against Hayfield. And in last week’s game against Lester Prairie, Kittelson added another

280 passing yards for one touchdown and 141 rushing for three touchdowns.

These types of statistics have become a trend for the senior gunslinger.

Kittelson is coming off a 2020 campaign where he threw for 1,306 yards and 22 touchdowns with only one interception in just five total games.

“When you have a quarterback that can do what he can do and make the reads he makes, it makes my job a lot easier,” said head coach Chad Gimbel.

However, Gimbel attributes a good chunk of Kittelson’s success to a different key component in his game, aside from his mental and physical abilities.

“No. 1 is just gaining confidence. What I really think helped him for his junior year was the success he had on the basketball court as a sophomore. Success breeds confidence, and he was a big contributor to that team that made it to state.”

Yet, personal success isn‘t the only thing driving Kittelson.

“Just having the chemistry with all my receivers and all my linemen. I think the linemen all take a lot of pride in protecting me, as we’re all good buddies. I mean, it’s the most important position on the field.”

Chemistry plays a strong role in Gimbel’s team.

Gimbel said that the off-season team workouts had near-perfect attendance, a sign that the team is pushing one another day in and day out.

Kittelson’s favorite part of the game says a lot about the player himself.

“Probably just seeing the success of my friends and the smiles on the fans’ faces, and just having fun while I do it.”

Awesome Blossoms fans have had a lot to cheer about, as the squad’s last three seasons have produced records of 13-1, 15-0 and 5-0 for an impressive 33-1 run.

With last year shortened due to Covid-19, this year’s team has a lot at stake.

Both Gimbel and Kittelson said they have their eyes set on another state title run.

Kittelson and the Awesome Blossoms will look to continue their winning ways on the road against United South Central on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

The two teams last squared off in the 2018-2019 playoffs where Blooming Prairie won 42-0.

 

 

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