Wildcats Top Cardinals 40-23

Minster's Jonathan Niemeyer (15) pulls in a pass in front of New Bremen's Grant Selby (12) and Jake Hemmelgarn (13).
Brian Smith
Staff Writer

The only one who could stop Minster senior Bryce Schmiesing on Friday night proved to be kin.

On a long run in the third quarter, Schmiesing ran up the back of his younger brother Isaac, a receiver blocking downfield. No matter. On the next snap, Bryce popped a 20-yard touchdown run — one of six rushing touchdowns by Bryce that spearheaded Minster’s big second half and 40-23 win over rival New Bremen.

A week after upsetting Division V’s top-ranked Coldwater, the Wildcats were in danger of being upended themselves in their first meeting with New Bremen on the gridiron since 2013.

Minster trailed 10-7 at the half to Midwest Athletic Conference-winless Cardinals.

A better effort in the second half proved to be all Minster needed along with a steady dose of Minster’s senior hybrid running back-wideout. Schmiesing found success sweeping off the right side of Minster’s offensive line for 14 yards per carry on the night.

The win pushed Minster to 4-4 on the season and 2-4 in the MAC.

New Bremen made it tough on the Wildcats for a while.

The Cardinals (2-6, 0-6 MAC) marched the ball down the field to take an early lead after taking the kickoff. The grinding drive ended with an Avery Powers 1-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 Cardinal lead.

Minster responded with a drive of its own. Schmiesing finished off the march with a 1-yard score, the first of his six on the night.

New Bremen goes to Fort Recovery next Friday night while Minster travels to Versailles.