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The St. Mary’s Knights traveled to Springfield on Sept. 20 and made a statement after they defeated the Tigers 30-7 and made three two-point conversions along the way.
Last week, Coach Brent Kucera said these next couple of games were going to be tougher than normal. Obviously it wasn’t enough of a challenge for St. Mary’s, as the team had 304 yards of total offense, while the defense only allowed Springfield 12 total minutes of possession and only six first downs.
The night began in the middle of the first quarter, when junior David Surprenant recovered a fumble and gave the Knights great field position. After three rushing plays, quarterback Brandon Helget threw a pass to Kodan Kosak for a 31 yard play. Three plays later, Helget threw a pass to senior John Brandl for 16 yards and the first touchdown of the game. Helget attempted a two-point conversion run but was stopped short.
The Tigers responded in the second quarter, after they intercepted a pass from Helget intended for Brandl. Springfield took advantage of the mistake and five plays later, St. Mary’s trailed for the first time this season. A 30 yard rushing touchdown and extra point was made to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead.
But three minutes later, the Knights scored their second touchdown of the night, after a one yard run by Lucas Heiderscheidt. It was then Helget and Brandl who completed a two-point conversion to take a 14-7 lead. This was only after the Knights ran for 59 yards in their drive, with 52 of those yards made by Helget.
With 15 seconds remaining in the half, St. Mary’s was able to score again on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Helget to Kosak. This time, it was Helget and Surprenant who made the two-point conversion, which gave the Knights a 22-7 lead.
St. Mary’s got the ball to start the third quarter, and had a very successful drive across the field that took nearly five minutes off the clock. The Knights were able to go from their own 33 to Springfield’s two yard line, after a combination of short, but consistent running and passing plays. Jaden Wait was able to run for 13 yards near the end of the drive, and was followed by a two yard run by Surprenant into the end zone. The third and final two-point conversion was made by Wait, which gave St. Mary’s a 30-7 lead, that lasted the remainder of the game.
Page 2 of 2 - The Knights had 42 rushing attempts for 189 yards on the night. Meanwhile, Helget went 8-20 for 115 yards in the passing game. Kosak led in receiving yards with two receptions for 47 yards, while Brandl was behind him with 31 yards. Wait had a total of 70 rushing yards after 12 attempts to lead in the running game, while Surprenant had 55 and Helget had 49.
St. Mary’s will host New Ulm Cathedral on Sept. 27 for the Knights Homecoming game.