NEW ULM - John Rumpza threw for six touchdowns - three of them coming in a 21-point third quarter for Blooming Prairie - as the Awesome Blossoms downed New Ulm Cathedral 49-26 Wednesday night at Johnson Field.
Rumpza threw scoring passes of 75, 16, five, 14, nine and two yards and ended with 246 yards for the game.
Adam Schnobrich scored for Cathedral on touchdown runs of seven and 11 yards. Collin Helget scored on a two-yard scamper, with Austin Cooper adding a six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Adam Schnobrich carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the Greyhounds’ loss to Blooming Prairie Friday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.
Schnobrich ended the game with 182 yards on 21 carries. Jake Stadick added 78 yards on 12 carries.
"This was a good game up until midway through the third quarter," Cathedral coach Denny Lux said. "Then we made a mistake - we turned the ball over - and then we spent the whole third quarter inside of our 30-yard line."
And it was that turnover - the only turnover of the game by the Greyhounds - that may have turned a close 21-14 halftime lead for the Awesome Blossoms into a 42-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.
A seven-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard touchdown run by Helget and ensuing two-point conversion pass had cut the lead to 21-14 with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Cathedral got the ball to start the second half. But Weston Fiebiger recovered a Schnobrich fumble early in the third quarter. Rumpza took advantage of that by hitting Jake Decker for a 14-yard touchdown. He followed that with touchdown passes of nine and two yards as Cathedral's offense stalled on two drives.
"We gave them a short field and they are a good team," Lux said. "You have to give them a long field."
Cathedral did score on its next two possessions on a Schnobrich 11-yard run and Cooper six-yard bolt. Those were sandwiched around a Blossom touchdown.
"Our guys never quit - we played it until the end," Lux said. "We can take that and take it towards the playoffs."