NEW ULM - When New Ulm Cathedral senior running back Adam Schnobrich scored his second of two touchdowns to put his team up 27-6 in the fourth quarter, pretty much everyone at Johnson Field expected the Greyhounds to walk away with the easy win.
Everyone, that is, but the Wabasso Rabbits.
The Rabbits scored 13 points late in the game to make it interesting. But in the end, there wasn't enough time for Wabasso as the Greyhounds won the Southern Minnesota Conference battle 27-19 Friday night in their homecoming game.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral defenders Ben Kittler (24) and Jeff Osborne try to chase down Wabasso running back Blake Altermatt (22) during the second quarter Friday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.
Schnobrich had two fourth-quarter touchdowns (11 yards, 30 yards) as the Greyhounds moved to 3-2 on the season. He was a big part of the ground game that eventually pulled away from the Rabbits (2-3, 2-2 in SMC).
"We just kept working," Schnobrich said.?"We always believe that we're a second half team and we were just out there doing as much as we could for each other. This is your senior homecoming, you want to leave it out there for your alumni and all the fans and we just played as hard as we could."
While Schnobrich and company had the ground game working late, the Rabbits had some big plays late also. Down 27-6, Dalton Taylor blocked a punt and brought it in for the score with 3:48 left to make it 27-12.
The Rabbits then picked up a fumble and eventually scored when Neil Eichten hit Seth Guetter for a nine-yard touchdown and the PAT made it 27-13 with 56 seconds to go.
Unfortunately for Wabasso, there wasn't enough time to get a chance to tie the game.
"These guys are great kids and good ball players," Wabasso coach Joe Kemp said.?"They have no quit in them and we've had a couple of close games. I thought we played good football until we got inside Cathedral's 30 - we had three turnovers down there and some chances to take the lead, but Cathedral is steady - they've always got a steady ballclub."
The?Greyhounds got on the board first in the first quarter when Austin Cooper scored from two yards out to make it 6-0. Wabasso tied the game in the second quarter after Blake Altermatt scored from five yards out.
The Greyhounds added a late touchdown in the first half, this one coming through the air as quarterback Collin Helget hit Jeff Osborne for a six-yard scoring strike. The same two hooked up on the two-point conversion as the Greyhounds took a 14-6 lead into halftime.
The fourth quarter saw some explosiveness from Schnobrich as he scored his first touchdown with eight minutes left in the game to put the Greyhounds up 20-6.
After an interception by Jake Stadick two plays later, Schnobrich was off to the races as he broke 30-yard run for another touchdown to put his team up 27-6.
"The offensive line was terrific, I mean those guys were always working," Schnobrich said. "The play was supposed to go to the left, but it was plugged up, and the guys on the right were downfield and I just looked over to the right and cut back and it was open. Those guys are amazing, I love those guys to death, they make it happen, that's why we're a good team."
The Rabbits fumbled on their next possession, but the Greyhounds were unable to move the ball and when they tried to punt, the punt was blocked and recovered in the end zone to make it 27-12. After another Cathedral turnover, the Rabbits got a break again and eventually scored with 56 seconds left for the final score of the game.
For the Rabbits, Tanner Rohlik had 13 rushes for 53 yards and Altermatt had 20 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. Altermatt also had eight catches for 78 yards. Eichten was 16-of-31 passing for 144 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown. Defensively, Matt Zeug had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery and Taylor had 11 tackles and a touchdown.
For the Greyhounds, Schnobrich had 104 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns while Stadick had 11 carries for 59 yards. Cooper finished with 46 yards rushing on 12 carries. Osborne had three catches for 28 yards and the two-point conversion and Ben Kittler led the defense with 19 tackles. Stadick had seven tackles and an interception and Cooper had nine tackles and an interception.
Cathedral is at Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Friday in Morgan and Wabasso hosts Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Saturday for homecoming.