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Football: Wildcats blanked by high-powered Chatfield

Goodhue quarterback Tyler Schumacher (8) shrugs off a tackle from Chatfield’s Alex Haffner during the first quarter of Friday’s Southern Football Alliance Blue division game at Goodhue High School. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 2
Goodhue running back Calvin Peterson races down the sideline during the first quarter of Friday's game against Chatfield. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 2

GOODHUE – A lot had to go right for Goodhue to stay with Chatfield on Friday. And throughout the game, the Wildcats were able to snatch the ball away from the high-powered Gophers offense with three fumble recoveries. 

Problem was, Goodhue couldn’t get into the end zone despite the extra chances, letting Chatfield march down the field with little resistance as the Gophers pulled away with a 34-0 Southern Football Alliance Blue division victory.

“Our defense did OK, but our offense struggled and it put our defense in a tough spot,” said Wildcats’ head coach Tony Poncelet.

Turnovers crippled Goodhue’s offense throughout the game. In the opening drive, Wildcats quarterback Tyler Schumacher has a pass intercepted by the Gophers’ AJ Riley. On the ensuing drive, running back Jacob Neis ran in his first of four touchdowns from one yard out.

During the Gophers’ next drive, Goodhue’s Chuck Dahling recovered a fumble but the Wildcats couldn’t capitalize, getting forced into a 3-and-out. Chatfield made Goodhue pay as Neis broke loose for a 67-yard run. Three plays later, Neis got back in the end zone with a 3-yard run to make it 14-0 in the first quarter.

Neis finished the night with 196 yards and touchdown runs from 1, 3, 2 and 47 yards out on 16 carries. As a team, the Gophers (2-1, 2-1 SFA Blue) rushed for 371 yards, compared to 36 for the Wildcats (1-2, 1-2 SFA Blue). Carter Duxbury had Chatfield’s other touchdown, punching in a 1-yard score with 2 minutes, 16 seconds left in the game.

Under siege from the Chatfield pass rush all night, Schumacher went 9-for-25 for 133 yards and four interceptions. Riley Huemann carried the ball 14 times for 19 yards in the loss as Goodhue’s longest run amounted to just nine yards. 

Things don’t get any easier for the Wildcats next week as they hit the road to take on the defending Class 2A state champion Caledonia.

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