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Blooming prairie, football, 2022
Blossoms breeze by USC
Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Blooming Prairie rebounded from its first regular season loss since 2017 by lighting up the scoreboard against USC last Friday in a 53-20 win at home.

The Rebels attempted to keep the game close in the first half; however, the red-hot Blooming Prairie offense was too much for USC in the end.

The Blossoms kicked off the scoring late in the first quarter with an eight-yard rushing touchdown by running back Cole Wangen with 1:07 remaining to take a 7-0 lead after a successful extra point.

After a defensive stand to start the second quarter, Blooming Prairie’s offense promptly marched down the field again.

This time, wide receiver Cade Christianson found pay-dirt by hitting the edge with a burst of speed on a 21-yard jet sweep play at 11:13 remaining in the quarter.

Christianson’s touchdown made the lead 14-0 after another successful point-after attempt, but score would quickly change following the play.

On the ensuing kickoff, USC benefitted from a chaotic return that involved a plethora of missed tackles and running lanes, resulting in an 85-yard return touchdown.

The Rebels were unsuccessful on their two-point attempt, keeping Blooming Prairie's lead at 14-6.

On the next Blooming Prairie drive, the Blossoms kept their stride and marched down the field, with Wangen taking matters into his own hands and scoring on an eight-yard rushing attempt.

The extra-point attempt was successful, extending the Blossoms’ lead to 21-6.

USC managed to answer the Blooming Prairie touchdown with one of their own at the 5:21 mark of the second quarter on a 26-yard pass, but Blooming Prairie refused to allow the Rebels back into the game.

Quarterback Brady Kittelson connected with wide receiver Derek Kubicek on a 13-yard touchdown with just 21 seconds remaining in the half to put Blooming Prairie ahead at 27-14 following a missed extra point.

The game would go on into halftime with the score remaining 27-14.

Both sides found the end zone in the third quarter, however, Blooming Prairie gave its fans more reason to cheer as the team outscored the Rebels 14-6.

Wangen added to his touchdown tally by taking a 17-yard run to the house, while running back Bo Zwiener crossed the goal line on a one-yard rush to further extend the lead.

USC’s score came from an 80-yard pass completion, but was far too late in the game for the Rebels to manage a three-score deficit.

In the fourth, Blooming Prairie capped the scoring by tallying two more touchdowns.

Wangen hauled in his fourth touchdown on a 33-yard completion from Kittelson, while wide receiver Cannon Wacek scored on a 47-yard rush with 13 seconds remaining to cap the game at 53-20.

After facing an uncharacteristic early-season loss, head coach Chad Gimbel’s squad answered in a big way to build momentum going into a road matchup with WEM on Friday at 7 p.m.

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