Awesome Blossoms win fifth straight Gopher football title

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — With a 42-19 win over Randolph, the No. 5 state ranked Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms cemented their fifth straight Gopher Valley Conference title Tuesday night.

The win helped seal BP’s home field advantage through the playoffs thanks also in part to Rushford-Peterson losing to Caledonia 31-0. BP (7-1 overall) opens the Section 1A playoffs this coming Tuesday.

Tuesday night’s win was a working-man’s game with BP keeping for the most part to a ground game that grounded through the Rockets and a defense that didn’t let Randolph get much passed midfield.

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The Blossoms were led by Gabe Kartes who ran for two touchdowns with another receiving which added up to 151 yards total.

“That’s everyone getting their blocks down,” Kartes said. “That’s where it all comes down to. All those plays wouldn’t work without those blocks.”

BP led 7-0 after Luc Zellmer plunged in from two yards out on the Blossoms’ first drive of the game. Kartes scored his first from 12 yards out towards the end of the quarter and then turned around on BP’s first drive of the second quarter and scored on a 25-yard score to put BP up 21-0.

“We really look what’s out there and if what’s working is the run then we stay with it,” coach Chad Gimbel said. “We adjust to what we see.”

With just under eight minutes in the half, Zellmer hooked up with Kartes on slant pattern that led to a 49-yard score. Zellmer completed six passes for 113 yards.

With Aaron Niles’ 23 yard rushing touchdown up the middle, the Blossom’s owned a 35-0 lead at half-time. Niles would wrap up his night with 12 carries for 97 yards.

Blooming Prairie’s only other score came in the second half when Justen Ingvalson scored on an eight-yard run in the third quarter giving BP a 42-6 lead.

Randolph would score twice in the fourth quarter to slim down the Blossoms’ lead.

The win wraps up BP’s regular season with their only loss coming at the hands of New Richland in the first game of the year.

“It’s been a special year that way,” Gimbel said. “The biggest thing has been our seniors. They rose to the challenge and we’ve had some young kids fill in and do a nice job as well.”