SLEEPY EYE - New Ulm Cathedral ran all over Sleepy Eye with 471 team rushing yards as they rolled on to a 53-6 victory in a Southern Minnesota Conference football game on Friday.
The Greyhounds established their dominant rushing game early in the first quarter when sophomore Gabe Knowles busted a 54-yard touchdown run to draw first blood and put his team up 7-0.
Michael Skillings intercepted Austin Fischer's pass on Sleepy Eye's ensuing possession to give the Greyhounds good field position, but they were unable to take advantage turning the ball over on downs in four straight plays.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Sleepy Eye quarterback Austin Fischer is hit as he throws by Barret Carlson (left) of New Ulm Cathedral during the first quarter Friday at Sleepy Eye High School. Closing in on the play is the Greyhounds’ Nathan Berg (right).
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Jacob Gangelhoff had runs of 26 and 18 yards on Cathedral's next possession before quarterback Collin Helget powered the ball into the end zone on a quarterback keeper to put the Greyhounds ahead 14-0.
Gangelhoff found the end zone on the Greyhounds' next drive early in the second quarter when he ran the ball in untouched from four yards out to go ahead 21-0.
"It was all on the blocking tonight," Gangelhoff said. "The line was hitting guys and sending them to the ground, and they just deserve all the credit tonight."
Cathedral's defense and special teams were relentless in their pursuit of the ball all night. The Greyhounds defense held Sleepy Eye without a first down and out of Cathedral territory until the middle of the second quarter.
"We played great team defense tonight," Gangelhoff said. "We were all stepping up into holes and making plays tonight, and that's what it is all about."
Gangelhoff had two more rushing touchdowns of six yards each in the second quarter, and Helget found tight end Barrett Carlson through the air for a 15-yard touchdown to make the score 41-0 going into halftime.
The second half saw the second and third strings of each team gain some valuable playing time.
The Indians got on the board early in the third quarter on a 39-yard touchdown run by Matt Berkner.
Cathedral was able to score twice more on a 49 yard touchdown run by sophomore Bryan Kokesch and an eight-yard run by sophomore E.J. Berdan.
"Cathedral is a very good team, and they are very well coached," Sleepy Eye head coach Cory Haala said.
Helget had a perfect day through the air going 5-for-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Gangelhoff led the Cathedral running game with 106 yards and three touchdowns on 14 attempts. Alex Cooper added 79 yards on seven attempts, and Knowles had 76 yards and a touchdown on four attempts.
Brandon Beranek led the Cathedral defense with 17 tackles, while Skillings added 11 tackles. Tyler Franta had two interceptions.
Fischer was 3-for-7 for 28 yards to lead Sleepy Eye through the air. Berkner rushed 11 times for 101 yards and a touchdown.
No defensive stats were available for Sleepy Eye.
The Greyhounds (2-1, 2-1) play at home against Cedar Mountain/Comfrey next week, while the Indians (0-3, 0-3) travel to take on Wabasso.