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).
By: 
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.