Blossoms roll past USC

Published 7:36 am Sunday, September 18, 2022

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The Blooming Prairie football team put its ground game into high gear as it amassed over 300 rushing yards in a 53-20 win over United South Central (1-2 overall) at McFarlin Field Friday night.

Sophomore Cole Wangen ran for 120 yards and three scores and he also put an exclamation mark on the win as he ran behind excellent blocking for a 33-yard TD on a screen pass late in the game. BP senior Sam Pirkl was one of the bulldozers who was clearing a path for Wangen all night long.

“As an offensive line, we don’t want the pass to bail out the run game, we want the run game to bail out the passing game,” Pirkl said.

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BP held a two-score lead in the second quarter when USC was finally able to get on the board on a Jonathan Martinez 85 kick return to make it 14-6. BP answered before USC struck again when Nathaniel Clore scored on a 36 pass from quarterback Nicholas Bushlack to make it 20-14.

While BP’s offense was rolling, its defense had some struggles as the Rebels made some big plays to hang around early in the game. Cade Christianson, who is one of three senior captains on a young BP team, said the team will have to get on the same page.

“There are a lot of eyes on us seniors and we’ve got to do the right thing each and every day,” Christianson said. “We need discipline and all 11 guys need to do their job at the same time. One guy takes a break, that leaves a hole and then we get hurt.”

The Awesome Blossoms (2-1 overall) scored on all four of their first half possessions as Wangen had a pair of short TD burts, Cade Christianson had a 21-yard TD run and Brady Kittelson hit Derek Kubicek for a 14-yard TD pass in the back of the end zone with 21 seconds left in the first half.

“We didn’t really get stopped in the run game,” Christianson said. “We kind of just ran all over them. I was kind of hoping we could pass more, but this was fun too.”

Kittelson had to chase down three loose snaps on BP’s opening 82-yard TD drive, but all three of those plays ended in positive yards.

SCORING SUMMARY
USC 0 14 6 0 – 20
BP 7 20 14 12 – 53
First quarter
(BP) Cole Wangen 5 run (Jonathan Grant kick) (12 plays, 82 yards) 1:07
Second quarter
(BP) Cade Christianson 21 run (Grant kick) (3 plays, 37 yards) 11:13
(USC) Jonathan Martinez 85 kick return (pass failed)
(BP) Wangen 7 run (Grant kick) (9 plays, 72 yards) 7:12
(USC) Nathaniel Clore 36 pass from Bushlack (Blake Bullerman from Bushlack) (6 plays, 66 yards) 5:21
(BP) Derek Kubicek 14 pass from Brady Kittelson (kick failed) (13 plays, 56 yards) :21
Third quarter
(BP) Wangen 17 run (Grant kick) (8 plays, 70 yards) 7:25
(BP) Bo Zweiner 1 run (Grant kick) (9 plays, 72 yards) 4:49
(USC) Taybor Conley 80 pass from Nicholas Bushlack (pass failed) (3 plays, 70 yards) :53
Fourth quarter
(BP) Wangen 33 pass from Brady Kittelson (kick failed) (10 plays, 85 yards) 4:55
(BP) Cannon Wacek 47 run (pass failed) (1 play, 47 yards) 2:45
BP STATS
Rushing: Cole Wangen, 23-for-120, 3 TD; Brady Kittelson, 9-for-51; Cannon Wacek, 1-for-47, TD; Bo Zweiner, 6-for-45, TD Cade Christianson, 2-for-31, TD; Cale Braaten, 4-for-25
Passing: Kittelson, 18-for-24, 209, 2 TD, INT
Receiving: Alex Lea, 5-for-82; Cade Christianson, 5-for-48; Cole Wangen, 1-for-33, TD; Cale Braaten, 5-for-15
Defense: Micah Donnelly, 1 sack; Alex Lea, 1 sack; Owen Krueger, 1 sack; Brady Kittelson, 1 interception

USC STATS

Passing: Nicholas Bushlack, 9-for-18, 229, TD, INT

Receiving: Taybor Conley, 2-for-118, TD; Nathaniel Clore, 2-for-49, TD