Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg puts its 12-0 record on the line against the Wildcats in the Class A state semifinals . The Goodhue offense is simply too good. The Wildcats (12-1) used their power up front and speed to the outside to dominate Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 44-12 to earn a spot in next week's Prep Bowl.
Goodhue's offense was unstoppable as the Wildcats scored on their first six possession of the game, including all five in the first half. The team has now scored 40 or more points in 10 straight games.
Brett Watson came into the game as a receiving threat. He responded by catching a pair of touchdown passes from Kelby Buck. But Watson also rushed four times for 153 yards. His 80-yard run was his second touchdown of the second quarter and gave Goodhue control at 31-6.Watson also caught three passes for 92 yards. His first two catches were scores of 19 and 26 yards from Buck.Goodhue finished with 333 yards rushing and 139 passing for a total of 472. Reserves played nearly the entire fourth quarter for the Wildcats on offense.
Running back Joel Bauman had 164 yards rushing, including a 49-yard TD run for the Fighting Saints (12-1). But Goodhue stopped the Fighting Saints twice on fourth down when the game was still in doubt in the first half. The Wildcats did not allow a point in the second half.
Goodhue will now be taking on the Adrian Dragons they have lost two games. Their first loss was to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, the Dragons were blown out 41-7. They lost their next game to Dawson-Boyd 21-7. Dawson-Boyd lost to KMS in their section finals.
One o f the key players for the Dragons is number 73, 225 pound senior Glen Kruger the running back/ middle line backer. He seems to be their best player, but he tires out fast with that 225 pound frame and playing both ways. He has 12 touchdowns on the season and 730 yards. The other person being number 17, Jesse Brake, who has 1001 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, but Goodhue will counter them with their studs Eric Ryan, Micah Huneke, Brett Watson, and Kelby Buck to name just a few.