Greyhounds eliminate Sleepy Eye

NEW ULM – Michael Skillings scored three touchdowns and both Bryan Kokesch and Nate Palmer scored on 70-yard touchdown runs as New Ulm Cathedral downed Sleepy Eye 53-6 Tuesday night in a Section 2A playoff game.

Cathedral will now meet Cedar Mountain/Comfrey at 7 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Field in a semi-final game.

In addition to the touchdowns from Skillings, Kokesch and Palmer, Jacob Gangelhoff scored on a 19-yard run and quarterback Collin Helget hooked up with Tyler Franta on an eight yard touchdown pass. Linebacker James Herzog returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to close out the Greyhounds’ scoring.

The Indians’ lone score came on an Austin Fischer 1-yard run in the first quarter that pulled Sleepy Eye to within 14-6 late in the first quarter.

“Give Cathedral credit,” said Sleepy Eye coach Cory Haala. “They do what they do well. We were just overmatched.”

Cathedral took a 14-0 lead on scoring runs from Kokesch of 70 yards and a 68 yard touchdown run from Skillings before Fischer gave the Indians life with a one yard run.

But the Greyhounds tallied six straight touchdowns to pull away.

“We felt good about how hard we came out tonight,” said Cathedral coach Denny Lux. “We were very physical on offense and defense – our backs ran the ball real hard. The guys followed the game plan.”

Skillings’ 1-yard run made it 21-6 after Fischer’s score before Helget and Franta hooked up to make it a 28-6 game.

Skillings’ 41-yard touchdown run – his third of the game – made it a 34-6 lead.

“He (Skillings) runs hard as well as Gangelhoff, Koskesch and Gabe Knowles,” said Lux. “It was a good effort all the way through from the varsity guys to the B-squad,”

Skillings ended with 173 yards on nine carries with Gangelhoff ending 122 yards for the night.

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