Saints Football defeats Central Springs, playoff streak ends at 12 straight seasons

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Collin Kramer went 6-9 for 97 yards and 2 touchdown tosses against the Panthers. Kramer also had 58 yards rushing on 10 carries with 2 rushing TD's. EJ Photo/ Colby Fossey

The St. Ansgar football team defeated the Central Springs Panthers 57-14 on Friday, October 19 in St. Ansgar. Both teams came into the game with 4-1 district records. With the win, the Saints finish their season 6-3 overall and 5-1 in district play. With the new playoff qualification system, the Saints narrowly missed qualifying for the playoffs for the 13th straight year. Under the new system, non-district games are counted for playoff qualification. The Saints non-district losses to 1A district champion Osage and number one ranked Hudson kept the Saints out of the playoffs. Under the old system, which was used 1992 to 2018, in which only district games count towards qualification, the Saints would have qualified for the playoffs as the district runner-up.

Jack Sievert ran for 130 yards and two scores in St. Ansgar’s final game of the year. EJ Photo/ Colby Fossey

St. Ansgar racked up 447 yards of total offense with 341 yards rushing and 106 yards passing. Defensively, St. Ansgar held the Panthers to 176 total yards giving up 79 yards rushing and 97 yards passing.

Offensively, the Saints were led by Jack Sievert who rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Collin Kramer completed six of nine passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns and added 58 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. Junior Tight End Adam Williams caught four passes for 66 yards and tied the school record with three touchdown catches in a game. Sophomore Ryan Cole carried the ball 12 times for 92 yards and one touchdown and caught 2 passes for 28 yards. Ethan Kirchgatter caught one pass for 12 yards and added 60 yards rushing. Back up quarterback Cade Duckert completed his only pass attempt for a 12 yard touchdown to Williams.

Defensively, St. Ansgar was led by Carter Salz with 8 tackles. Sam Juenger recovered a fumble for the Saints while Kirchgatter and Skylar Blunt each added an interception.

A group of Saints tackle Dylan Kisner of Central Springs on Friday night. EJ Photo/ Colby Fossey

With the season closing, the Saints say goodbye to seven seniors. Collin Kramer, Ethan Kirchgatter, Skylar Blunt, Mark Bless, Eddie Mendoza, Garrett Koster, and Simon Coleman provided great leadership for the Saints this season and were part of some of the finest teams in school history in their careers. Looking ahead to 2019, the Saints will return nine starters on offense and eight starters on defense.

Scoring by Quarters

STA 12 24 13 8 57

CS 0 14 0 0 14

Game Scoring

First Quarter

STA Ryan Cole 28 yard run (run failed) 9:38

STA Collin Kramer 2 yard run (run failed) :57

Second Quarter

STA Adam Williams 14 yard catch from Collin Kramer (Sievert run) 6:16

STA Adam Williams 31 yard catch from Collin Kramer (Sievert run) 4:43

CS Dylan Marker 87 yard kick return (Seth Ryg run) 4:29

STA Collin Kramer 2 yard run (Sievert run) 1:50

CS Seth Ryg 28 yard pass from Dylan Kisner (run failed) :30

Third Quarter

STA Jack Sievert 4 yard run (run failed) 5:59

STA Jack Sievert 4 yard run (Eddie Mendoza Kick) :44

Fourth Quarter

STA Adam Williams 23 yard catch from Cade Duckert (Ryan Cole run) 3:46

 Saints                  CS

First Downs                            22                        5

Rushing Yds-att                   341-55                   79-21

Passing yds                          106                        97

Total Yards                           447                       176

Comp-att-int                       7-10-0                   6-12-2

KO Ret Yds-att                       0-0                     232-9

Punts-avg                              0-0                      2-34

Fumbles-lost                          1-0                       3-1

Penalties-yds                         6-45                     8-78

Ryan Cole had 12 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. Cole added two receptions for 28 yards in the win. EJ Photo/ Colby Fossey

Individual Saints Statistics

Rushing

Jack Sievert 26 carries for 130 yards and 2 TDs, Ethan Kirchgatter 6 carries for 60 yards, Collin Kramer 10 carries for 58 yards and 2 TDs, Ryan Cole 12 carries for 92 yards and 1 TD, Cade Duckert 1 carry for 1 yard

Passing

Collin Kramer 9 attempts, 6 completions for 94 yards and 2 TDs, Cade Duckert 1 attempt, 1 completion for 12 yards and 1 TD

Receiving

Ethan Kirchgatter 1 catch for 12 yards, Adam Williams 4 catches for 66 yards and 3 TDs, Ryan Cole 2 catches for 28 yards

Kickoffs

Collin Kramer 9 kicks for 48 avg

Tackles and Defensive Information

Mark Williams 0 solo and 2 assists, Alex Hansen 0 and 1, Collin Ubben 0 and 2, Jack Sievert 3 and 2, Adam Williams 3 and 0, Preston Isler 3 and 3, Carter Salz 5 and 3, Sam Juenger 0 and 2, 1 FR, Cade Duckert 1 and 2, Skylar Blunt 1 and 0, 1 INT, Ryan Cole 1 and 0, Collin Kramer 4 and 1, Ethan Kirchgatter 2 and 2, 1 INT, Lorne Isler 1 and 0

Offensive Lineman Majority of Game

Mark Williams, Alex Hansen, Preston Isler, Elijah Soltero, and Sage Hulshizer

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