The Goodhue Wildcats won the Section 1A title in a hard fought 19-14 game against Blooming Prairie Saturday.

Head Coach Tony Poncelat has been telling us all season on the Goodhue Coaches Show how his team set winning the section as a goal but never looked too far ahead.

The focus was always on each play during a football game.

Mason Huemann is a 5'9 170 pound senior and would be the first to tell you his offensive line is very good.

The combination moved the chains with regularity in their game at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium.

Huemann carried the ball 35 times for 228 yards and two scores.  A 7 yard run and a 1 yard plunge into the end zone.

Blooming Prairie countered with two long passes from their junior quarterback Seth Peterson.  A 35 yard toss to Gabe Hagen and a 39 yard Tim Wolf reception for the other score.

Peterson finished the game 17 of 27 and threw one interception.

Wildcat senior kicker Mariano Bigalk also connected on 26 and 24 yard field goals in the tight contest.

Goodhue led at the half 13-7.  Blooming Prairie took the lead 14-13 with 2:48 to go in the third quarter.

On the next drive the Wildcats ran Huemann 8 of 9 plays and he scored on a 1 yard carry to give Goodhue their margin of victory.  A two point conversion attempt failed.

In the game Goodhue had 24 first downs and Blooming Prairie 13.  Total yardage was 447 for Goodhue and 319 for the Awesome Blossoms.

Blooming Prairie tallied 36 yards on 20 carries and 283 yards through the air.

The Wildcats ran 47 times for 272 yards and threw for 175.

Senior quarterback Jack Gadient was 8 of 13 passing with no picks.

His favorite target was 6'5 215 pound senior tight end Ryan Schoenfelder with 4 catches for 121 yards.

Goodhue entered this year's playoffs tied for #2 in the Class A rankings after not losing a game and being dropped from the number one spot.  Mayer Lutheran received votes but did not crack the top ten.

They play Mayer Lutheran (10-1) in quarterfinal State Tournament action Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Shakopee High School.

The Crusaders only loss was to Blooming Prairie 28-27 in week 6.

They defeated State Tournament qualifier Bethlehem Academy (7-3) 14-7 to spoil the Cardinal homecoming.  That was by far the fewest points scored this season by Mayer Lutheran.

In their section they outscored their opponents 112-23 in three games.

They only allowed more than two touchdowns in the Blooming Prairie and United South Central games.

Goodhue Football Crow's Nest- photo by Gordy Kosfeld