After three touchdowns and 110 yards rushing, Bo Schmitz is springing for the sandwiches at a local sub shop for some hungry-but-deserving linemen.
Help me get a couple of TDs, Schmitz said, and he’ll buy.
It will be money well spent. Schmitz and St. Cloud Cathedral beat Little Falls 39-14 Friday night at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium.
In the process, the Crusaders piled up 307 yards in offense, including 217 on the ground in the Granite Ridge Conference opener.
“Man, I thought it was an awesome game,” said Schmitz, whose yardage and touchdowns all came in the first half. “Our line created really big holes. It was awesome.
“When you have five yards before anyone touches you, it’s just great.”
Cathedral (1-0 Granite Ridge, 2-0 overall) was a little uncertain about what to expect from Little Falls (0-1, 0-2), which has a new coach in Jay DeCann.
After a 49-0 loss last week to Hutchinson, it was hard to glean what the Flyers’ game plan would be Friday.
“It was hard to get a read on what they were going to do,” said Cathedral senior linebacker/running back Bryan Bower, who caught two of Jeff Fasching’s three touchdown passes.
“We were kind of guessing on what they were going to do right away,” Schmitz added.
What the Flyers did was take an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Spencer Fenske found wide receiver Collin Eckman in single coverage for a 37-yard TD pass with 3:35 to go in the first quarter.
After that, it was all Cathedral.
The Crusaders scored 33 straight points before Little Falls found the end zone again.
“We played better than we did last week,” Eckman said. “But we still have a lot of things we’ve got to improve on.
“It all starts with the line. The line is where you win games. We’ve got to get better there. Our defense has got to get better, too. We gave up too many big plays.”
Meanwhile, Cathedral held the Flyers to 75 yards rushing on 34 attempts. Again, the Crusaders’ defensive front was a huge factor, with Nate Sobieck, Hunter Austing and Ted Bechtold holding their ground while linebackers Schmitz, Bowar, Tommy Auger and Jake Gross made play after play.
“We came out physical right away,” Cathedral junior offensive lineman Mat Zniewski said. “We just played a more physical game than they did and it paid off in the end.”
Did it ever.
Zniewski and the rest of the offensive line have some free sandwiches coming, on Schmitz.
“That was pretty old school,” said a delighted Dean Taylor, the Crusaders’ head coach. “All it was was run, run, run. Trap, counter, trap, counter … It was nice.
“On Tuesday (in practice) we weren’t very good. On Wednesday it was a little better, on Thursday we were crisp and on Friday we were great … I’m really pleased and proud of the kids.”
It doesn’t get easier for either team next week.
Little Falls plays Friday at Becker. Cathedral travels to Albany.
LF – Collin Eckman 37 pass from Spencer Fenske (Thomas Bell kick)
C – Bo Schmitz 9 run (Brady Schmit kick)
C – Schmitz 4 run (Schmit kick)
C – Schmitz 3 run (Schmit kick)
C – Bryan Bowar 13 pass from Jeff Fasching (kick failed)
C – Bowar 6 pass from Fasching (Schmit kick)
LF – Eckman 17 pass from Fenske (Bell kick)
C – Brady Yoerg 13 pass from Fasching (kick failed)
Rushing: LF – Jalen Wuchko 17-51, Brighton Goodrich 3-13, Trysten Ross 3-12, Michael Orr 3-11, Lucas Cofell 1-7, Fenske 5-2, Jordan Petrone 1-0, Eckman 1-(-21). Total: 34-75. C – Schmitz 18-110, Bowar 10-83, Nick Manthey 8-22, Blake Addison 3-3, Fasching 1-0, Al Hornung 1-(-1). Total: 41-217.
Passing: LF – Fenske 13-21-0 167, Cofell 1-3-0 17. Total: 14-24-0 184. C – Fasching 6-12-0 90.
Receiving: LF – Eckman 7-107, Ross 4-34, John Lukasavitz 1-17, Kyle Kabanuk 1-14, Austin Bjorge 1-12. C – Yoerg 3-59, Bowar 2-19, Brian Minks 1-12.