Wild game features two Tiger ‘D’ holds at end

Leaping over the defender, Travis Chmielewski scored on a 40-yard catch-and-run, then celebrated the 14-7 lead with Thomas Klaphake. Chmielewski added a 59-yard slant-and-go TD which proved to be the game-winner late in the third quarter.  Photos by Greg Hunt

After allowing several big plays beforehand, the Princeton defense held tough on two final St. Cloud Cathedral possessions for a 35-28 home victory Sept. 28. The win sends the Tigers into this Friday’s Homecoming game with Albany sporting a 3-2 record.

Senior d-back Billy McClay knocked down a fourth-down pass at the goal line on the Crusaders’ second-to-last possession. Following an unwise penalty and Tiger punt, Cathedral began hitting passes down the middle to march from their 38 to inside the Tiger 30 with under two minutes to play. On 2nd down, Tiger senior defensive tackle T.J. Sundberg buried the Crusader QB for a 7-yard sack. Then senior D-end Nate Hoffer came through with consecutive sacks to seal the deal in style. 

Said Sundberg, a two-way lineman. “We couldn’t take much more of giving up the big plays. We had to get in there and had to scare their quarterback. We just had to leave it all out on the field.”

Only the back ref was near Zack Ludwig on his 74-yard touchdown sprint, set up by a fantastic ball fake to Josh Osborne.

Matt Wendorf opened the scoring with a 32-yard ‘pick six.’ Zack Ludwig threw for two long touchdowns to Travis Chmielewski and ran for two more, including breaking off a 74-yarder which had the Tigers ahead 28-13 just into the third quarter.

Princeton 35, St. Cloud Cathedral 28


First Downs 13 12

Rushing 42/253 35/181

Passing 13/5/0 25/14/1

Passing Yds 142 217

Total Yds 395 398

Tiger Individual Stats

Rushing: Ludwig 7/82, 2 TD; Lindenfelser 8/35; Osborne 12/66; Warren 11/54; Feero 4/16. Passing: Ludwig 13/5/0- 142 yds, 2 TD. Receiving: Chmielewski 3/106, 2 TD; McClay 1/24; Klaphake 1/12.

Granite Ridge Football: Becker 5-0, 5-0; Zimmerman 3-2, 3-2; Albany 3-2, 3-2; Foley 2-1, 3-2; Princeton 2-2, 3-2; St. Cloud Cathedral 1-2, 2-3; Little Falls 2-2, 2-3; Mora 1-4, 1-4; Milaca 0-4, 0-5