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.
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.
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
STA Ryan Cole 28 yard run (run failed) 9:38
STA Collin Kramer 2 yard run (run failed) :57
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
STA Jack Sievert 4 yard run (run failed) 5:59
STA Jack Sievert 4 yard run (Eddie Mendoza Kick) :44
STA Adam Williams 23 yard catch from Cade Duckert (Ryan Cole run) 3:46
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
Individual Saints Statistics
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
Collin Kramer 9 attempts, 6 completions for 94 yards and 2 TDs, Cade Duckert 1 attempt, 1 completion for 12 yards and 1 TD
Ethan Kirchgatter 1 catch for 12 yards, Adam Williams 4 catches for 66 yards and 3 TDs, Ryan Cole 2 catches for 28 yards
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