St. Ansgar’s Ethan Kirchgatter blocks a Hudson player in last season’s semi final game. The Saints fell in this year’s rematch. EJ Photo/Travis Charlson
The St. Ansgar football team was defeated by the top-ranked Hudson Pirates 27-12 on Friday, September 28 in Hudson. The non-district game was a matchup of two ranked teams and a rematch of last year’s state semi-final contest.
St. Ansgar was held to a season low 228 yards of total offense with 142 coming on the ground and 86 through the air. Hudson amassed 301 yards of offense by rushing for 265 yards and throwing for 36 yards. The Pirates were able to control the ball with their standout running back Christian Seres, who ran for 215 yards on 34 carries.
The first quarter was scoreless but both teams found the end zone in the second quarter. Hudson scored early in the period when Trey Jochumsen ran the ball in from 3 yards out. The Saints closed the gap late in the half when Collin Kramer found Adam Williams on a four-yard pass. Key plays in the Saints scoring drive included a long run by Ryan Cole and a 4th down conversion that saw Ethan Kirchgatter make a tough catch on a 17 yard pass from Collin Kramer. The Saints trailed 7-6 at halftime.
St. Ansgar received the ball to start the third quarter but started with poor field position inside their own 10 yard line. St. Ansgar turned the ball over on their first play from scrimmage setting up a Pirate touchdown run by Seres from 4 yards out. St. Ansgar scored late in the fourth quarter on a 40 yard pass from Kramer to Kirchgatter to provide the final margin of the game.
Offensively, the Saints were led by quarterback Collin Kramer, who completed 10 of 18 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Kirchgatter hauled in four catches for 61 yards. Ryan Cole led the Saints ground gainers with 62 yards rushing.
Defensively, St. Ansgar was led by Preston Isler and Kramer who had 11 and nine tackles respectively. Mark Williams recovered a fumble for the Saints.
The Saints will host South Winneshiek in game that will have serious implications for the district title race. The Saints and the Warriors both enter the game with 3-0 district records. Game time is 7:00 pm.