St. Mary’s 20, MVL 12
It was a night to remember on Aug. 30 as the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers hosted Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s to start off the football season.
With less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, junior running back David Surprenant ran a 37-yard touchdown to extend the 14-12 lead to a 20-12 lead for the Knights.
This was crucial for St. Mary’s, as the Chargers could have easily won the game with a last second field goal if the Knights weren’t able to score. But instead, MVL had only one option remaining. The Chargers had to score a touchdown and convert a two-point conversion with 1:25 remaining, which they weren’t able to do.
St. Mary’s took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter after junior Brandon Helget had a one yard touchdown run. Junior Shawn Wensauer kicked in the extra point to make it seven points. This was after a dominant 70-yard drive.
The second quarter belonged to MVL, as the Chargers scored a one yard touchdown run of their own, only to have the extra point blocked. St. Mary’s had a 7-6 lead going into halftime.
The Knights had no intentions of letting up, as they created another long drive in the third quarter which ended with a 33 yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver John Brandl. Brandl had seven catches for 74 yards on the night.
MVL was able to score in a 30 yard touchdown pass of its own, but failed on the two-point conversion which led to the final touchdown run by Surprenant.
Helget went 9-for-14 at the quarterback position for the Knights with 95 yards and one touchdown.
St. Mary’s Coach Brent Kucera was happy with Helget’s performance to say the least.
“Helget played a good first game at quarterback,” Kucera said. “He is a good dual threat quarterback who makes good decisions. He did not throw one pass where it was at a risk of being intercepted.”
Although the Knights showed they were ready for the season by getting the win, Kucera mentioned he is determined to help the team create less penalties.
“The entire team has some key mistakes that we need to fix, but they are simple ones that are fixable,” Kucera said. “False starts and offsides is on the top of the list. Just because it was the first game is not an excuse.”