Sacred Heart garners tough win in Minneapolis
Clarke Sanders - Fri 11:49 PM 09/28/2012
The Sacred Heart Knights got back in the win column Friday night with a hard fought 30 to 16 triumph on the road at Minneapolis.
Junior QB Nick Wuthnow opened the scoring for the Knights, who never trailed in the contest, with a nine yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.
Minneapolis got on the board early in the second quarter on a 27-yard Eric Yoxall field goal. The Knights immediately answered that score with a 49 yard TD scamper by Wuthnow. With just over a minute to go in the half, Senior running back Luke Eckert found pay dirt from seven yards out for the Lions making the halftime score 14 to 10 in favor of the Knights.
Sacred Heart wasted little time increasing the margin to 11. After Minneapolis went three and out on the first plays of the second half, Knight Senior tailback Drew Diederich took it to the house from the Minneapolis 45 on Sacred Heart’s first play from scrimmage in the second half. Later in the third quarter the Lions drove deep into Sacred Heart territory only to have their drive stall inside the 10 followed by wide left on a field goal attempt by Yoxall.
As the 4th quarter began, Minneapolis did manage to get within five points when Lion Senior signal call Matthew Comfort scored on a nifty two yard run. Minneapolis tried for two, but Comfort’s pass was swatted away by Senior linebacker Keaton Hale. Sacred Heart pretty much put the game away with 6:25 remaining in the contest when Wuthnow found Junior Tate Richards for a six yard touchdown pass on a 3rd and goal play. The Knights tallied their final two points of the evening when Minneapolis snapped the ball over the punter’s head deep in their own end and the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
With the win, Sacred Heart improves to 4 and 1 as they travel next week to Russell to take on a Bronco team that---following a 49 to 22 loss against SE of Saline--- only has one win in 2012. Minneapolis drops to 3 and 2 on the year. Next up for the Lions, a trip to Ellsworth (3-2) to battle a Bearcat team that got steam rolled by Beloit Friday night 68-10.