Gehlen Catholic kept their mid-season winning streak alive with a 41-35 come-from-behind win at Akron-Westfield on Friday night.
Gehlen Catholic’s offense had things rolling to the tune of 410 total yards of offense. The running game accounted for 278 yards on offense on Friday. Head Coach Jeremy Schindler says that it was a team effort to get that result.
Individually, junior running back Aiden Spangler was the star of the offense on Friday night. Spangler ran the ball 26 times for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Akron-Westfield. At the beginning of the year, Coach Schindler had a problem as to where to put Spangler in his offense. Once he put him at running back, it was only a matter of time before the results would pour in.
One crucial sequence came early in the third quarter. Gehlen Catholic trailed 29-15 following an Akron-Westfield touchdown. The Jays then scored, forced a three-and-out, and scored again in a big way. The second score was an 84-yard touchdown pass from Conner Kraft to Keaten Bonderson. The Westerners were doubling Bonderson most of the game, but, as Coach Schindler says, Kraft found a way to get the ball to his favorite target.
Gehlen Catholic’s defense allowed Akron-Westfield running back Ian Blowe to run for 241 yards and three touchdowns on Friday. As the Jays get ready to play South O’Brien, who is tied with Gehlen for second place in the district, Coach Schindler knows that they can’t let a Wolverine ball carrier have a night like that this week.
The Jays and Wolverines kick off at 7:00 PM from Jim Lorenzen Field in Le Mars.
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