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Gehlen Catholic Football Drops Opening Game in Final Minutes


Gehlen Catholic lost a heartbreaker of a week one game on Friday to Unity Christian by the final score of 21-15.

Gehlen Catholic wasted no time putting points on the board. The Jays struck for a pair of big plays in the first quarter. Connor Kraft connected for an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Lehmann with 5:30 left in the first. That was followed by another touchdown pass from Kraft to Keaten Bondersen for 28 yards with 1:14 left in the first. Gehlen Head Coach Jeremy Schindler says that these plays were a result of Unity’s aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage.

The Jays and Knights remained scoreless for the next two quarters. Gehlen Catholic’s defense held the Knights off the scoreboard for 41:37 in between the first score and the second score. Coach Schindler says he was pleased with his defensive play but wasn’t pleased with the situations they were put in late in the game.

Past the two big scoring plays, Gehlen Catholic struggled to get into much of a rhythm. Coach Schindler says that part of this is due to his team’s execution of the fundamentals.

Gehlen Catholic now opens up district play this Friday against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. The Hawks took a big beating to Class 1A’s #2 ranked team West Sioux by a 73-21 final. Coach Schindler says that last week’s score is deceiving because he knows that H-M-S quarterback, Kooper Ebel, can make many plays on offense.

Gehlen Catholic plays Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Friday at 7:00 PM. KLEM Radio will broadcast the game on our airwaves and provide a video stream of the game as well on our YouTube channel.

Click here to watch the Gehlen Catholic at H-M-S game on the KLEM Radio YouTube channel

Click here to listen to the full interview from the KLEM Coaches Corner show this past Saturday

Click here to see all the final scores from football games this past Friday