If you attended Friday’s Mid Southeast (White) showdown of Goodhue and Bethlehem Academy, you may have thought it was going to be a shootout.

It turned out to be the opposite.

Goodhue (4-2 overall, 2-1 district) led BA (2-4 overall, 1-2 district) 14-6 after one quarter, didn’t score again, and held the Cardinals to six points the rest of the game winning by a final score of 14-12.

“They got off that early two-score lead and it turned out to be enough,” said Bethlehem Academy head coach Jim Beckmann. “That said, I couldn’t be prouder of our guys tonight. They battled all night. It was a tough, physical game and we knew it would be. We had a shot going on in the last drive with a minute to go. The kids played hard and learned a lot about themselves. All we can do is learn and improve and look forward to the week.”

Jack Jandro led the Cardinals offensively throwing 117 yards and two touchdowns on 7-of-14 passing. Brady Strotdman rushed for 57 yards on 13 attempts, while Josh Oathoudt finished with 43 yards on 14 attempts and one receiving touchdown. Outside, Lucas Linneman had one reception, a 63-yard touchdown pass from Jandro.

Beckmann believes the Cardinals are on the road to being great.

“We’re on the verge of being a great team. We’re a good team, but we’re really close to breaking out. I think they’re starting to understand that.”

Both Wildcat touchdowns came via the arm of quarterback Sam Opsahl, who finished 6-for-11 with 97 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end of Opsahl’s touchdown passes, Kyle Schoenfielder had four total receptions for 70 yards. Tailback Logan Ferguson rushed for 102 yards on 26 attempts.

Riley Kangas led BA defensively with seven tackles, while Josh Oathoudt followed with six.

The Cardinals are back in action Friday, Oct. 11 at home vs. Blooming Prairie. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Goodhue 14, BA 12

G — 14 0 0 0

BA — 6 0 6 0

BA offensive statistics — Passing: Jack Jandro 7-14, 117 yards, 2 TD; Josh Oathoudt 1-2, 13 yards ... Rushing: Brady Strodtman 13-57; Josh Oathoudt 14-43; Lucas Linneman 2-19; Jandro 12-11 … Receiving: Linneman 1-63, 1 TD; Oathoudt 1-31; Spencer Eli 3-22; Jandro 1-13; Aiden Tobin 1-6

BA defensive statistics — Tackles: Riley Kangas 7, Oathoudt 6, Ben Cohen 4, Jandro 4, Strodtman 3, Tobin 3, Eliot Smith 2, Eli 2, Linneman 1.5, Jack Ernste 1.5, Hunter Tutak 1, Andrew Donahue 1 … Sacks: Cohen 1.5, Tutak 1, Donahue, 0.5 … Tackles for loss: Jandro 2, Kangas 1, Oathoudt 1, Eli 1, Tutak 1, Donahue 0.5, Cohen 0.5 … Interceptions: Kangas 1

BA special teams — Punting: NEliolen 2-18; Nelson 1-34 … Kick returns: Gardner 3-47; Strodtman 1-9 … Punt returns: Linneman 1-4

G offensive statistics — Passing: Sam Opsahl 6-11, 97 yards, 2 TD ... Rushing: Logan Ferguson 26-102; Maddox O’Reilly 6-30; Opsahl 3-10; Schoenfelder 4-1 … Receiving: Schoenfelder 4-70, 2 TD; C O’Reilly 1-14; B O’Reilly 1-13

G special teams — Kicking: Kasen Bigalk 2-2 XP … Punting: Schoenfelder 2-54 … Kickoff returns: Ferguson 1-19

Reach Sports Reporter Dan Slaubaugh at 507-333-3119 or follow him on Twitter @fdn_dan. ©Copyright 2019 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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