Last-second score lifts BPHS

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 14, 2002

Blooming Prairie scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, including Kraig Olson's 20-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Chheang with 11 seconds left, to give the Blooming Prairie football team a 27-21 Gopher Valley Conference victory Friday night.

The Blossoms (3-0) rallied to the win behind 224 yards from scrimmage for Chheang, who caught two touchdown passes and ran for a key first down on the game-winning drive. Olson flicked a backwards pass to Chheang on a fourth-and-21 scenario and he sprinted far enough to keep the ball rolling for BPHS.

The game-winning pass from Olson to Chheang deflected off a pair of Maple Rivers before being brought in for the touchdown. Chheang had six receptions for 107 yards and seven carries for 117 yards.

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Maple River rushed for 113 yards in the first quarter and held a 21-6 lead at the half. All three Eagles touchdowns came on the ground. The Blooming defense surrendered only 112 yards rushing to Maple River throughout the remainder.

Blooming racked up 350 yards of total offense behind 201 from Olson's passing and 149 on the ground. Steve Salinas rushed for two touchdowns to start Blooming Prairie's 21-point run in the second half.

Chheang's first of two touchdowns went for 14 yards.

The Blossoms go on the road for the next two weeks, starting at United South Central this Friday in Wells. Blooming travels to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop the following week before homecoming Oct. 4 against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.

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