Tigers crush New Ulm
By Alex Oey
MARSHALL – The New Ulm football team did what they needed to do to get the first possession against Marshall on Tuesday.
The Eagles came out with a play from Marshall’s playbook, going for – and recovering – an onside kick, but the Tigers proved to be too much in a 59-9 win in the Class 4A Section 2 quarterfinals.
“They are definitely a good football team, we knew that from the beginning,” said New Ulm head coach Tony Ortmann. “They are a physical team and we knew we would have to grind it out.”
New Ulm (0-9) marched all the way down to the Marshall 13 yard line before turning it over on downs. The Tigers promptly returned the favor, going on an 86-yard drive which was capped with a four-yard keeper from Brad Bahlmann at 3:46. The extra point from Paul Citrowske was good and Marshall (6-3) had a 7-0 lead, but the next 19 seconds would hold a dramatic swing.
On the ensuing kickoff, Citrowske put the ball in the left corner of the field and the Eagle returner grabbed it on the three yard line and retreated to the end zone where he kneeled.
For a safety.
After the Eagles kicked off from their own 20 after the safety, it took the Tigers only one play to score again, this time on a 37-yard run from Sam Marshall at 3:27. A Bahlmann run on the conversion gave Marshall a 17-0 lead, which they would take into the second quarter.
“We made some plays early on with our onside kick,” Ortmann said. “We had a little success moving the football and things were feeling good. They made some adjustments and really started coming after it.”
After a solid first quarter, the Tigers turned it on in the second quarter, scoring five straight touchdowns to take a commanding 52-0 lead.
“We came out a hair tight early,” said Marshall head coach Terry Bahlmann. “We wanted to play fast. We thought speed was our advantage. Once we got in the open field we showed we could make some plays.”
Bahlmann and Marshall started it off with a 20-yard shovel pass 12 seconds into the quarter. Max Roelfsema followed 19 seconds later with a 46-yard fumble return to give the Tigers a 31-0 lead after the Citrowske kick.
On New Ulm’s next possession, Marshall pinned the Eagles on their own 12 yard line, forcing a punt. The snap went between the punters legs and a host of Tiger defenders got into the end zone with Jason Polzin coming away with the touchdown and a 45-0 Marshall lead.
“Hunter Greve tipped it back in,” Polzin said. “I saw it laying there and jumped on it.”
The Tigers got two final touchdowns in the half when Bahlmann ran his second one in, this time from 18 yards out, before Marshall pulled down a 34-yard interception return, putting Marshall up 52-0 with 5:31 left in the half.
“I just read the quarterback’s eyes and took it to the house,” said Marshall.
The New Ulm offense got to work and put together a 12-play drive that was capped with a six-yard keeper by quarterback Nate Glaublitz with 35 seconds left in the half. The kick was good and the Eagles were on the board, trailing Marshall 52-7.
“It was important to put some points up,” Glaublitz said. “It was a big confidence-booster before the half.”
“That’s a big play,” said Ortmann. “It was a good momentum builder for when we go into the locker room. That was a big punch for us at the end to get some points on the board.”
In the second half New Ulm elected to receive, but Marshall’s Nick Crowley recovered a fumble on the return, which the Tigers turned into a one-yard touchdown run from Matt Thompson, giving Marshall a 59-7 lead.
Neither team was able to garner much offense in the rest of the third quarter, but New Ulm threatened in the fouth, reaching the Marshall three yard line, but Aaron Polejewski recovered a fumble to keep the Eagles from scoring.
Marshall went three and out on their next possession and the Eagles scored a safety as the snap sailed over the punter’s head and out of the end zone, making it a 59-9 game, which would stand.
“The big thing we look at for next year is our offensive line is returning and we’re excited about what they’re going to be able to do,” Ortmann said. “We have to find some guys to fill in some key spots at running back, but we have a good group coming back and we’re excited to see what they can do.”
MARSHALL 59, NEW ULM 9
No. 6 New Ulm 0 7 0 2 – 9
No. 3 Marshall 17 35 7 0 – 59
M – Brad Bahlmann 4 run (Paul Citrowske kick), 3:46.
M – Safety, 3:40.
M – Sam Marshall 37 run (Bahlmann run), 3:27.
M – Marshall 20 pass from Bahlmann (Citrowske kick), 11:48.
M – Max Roelfsema 46 fumble recovery (Citrowske kick), 11:27.
M – Jason Polzin fumble recovery in end zone (Citrowske kick), 9:33.
M – Bahlmann 18 run (Citrowske kick), 7:01.
M – Marshall 34 interception return (Citrowske kick), 5:31.
NU – Nate Glaublitz 6 run (Connor Forbrook kick), 0:35.
M – Matt Thompson 1 run (Citrowske kick), 8:02.
NU – Safety, 3:26.