For Kenyon-Wanamingo, it was always going to be a tough task to upset Class A No. 2 Blooming Prairie. On Friday, the Blossoms made sure that held true.
The Blossoms racked up 523 total offensive yards and surrendered just 132 to stay undefeated at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the district. Kenyon-Wanamingo dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the district.
“They are very senior-dominated and they were very successful last year,” said head coach Jake Wieme. “They are well coached and they did what they wanted to do tonight unfortunately. We have a lot of guys banged up. Laden stepped in for Luke Berg and did a great job. He did a good job leading for us.”
Blooming Prairie got off to a blazing start, scoring four times in the first quarter to put them ahead 26-0. Just a minute into the second quarter, Tyler Archer ran for a 2-yard touchdown and it was 33-0.
A few minutes later, sophomore Nerison — filling in for the injured Berg — dropped back to pass and connected with junior Casey Wesbur for a 19-yard touchdown. It was both Nerison and Wesbur’s first career high school touchdown. Wieme was impressed with Nerison’s performance.
“We were thinking Luke (Berg) might be back this week, but it just didn’t happen. So we just kind of rushed and got him as many reps as we could in the last two days to prepare him. Any time you are asking a kid to step up into that situation it’s going to be difficult and I thought he did a good job. It was great to see the guys rally around him. It’s fun to see those success stories.”
That would be all they get, as the Blossoms outscored K-W 28-0 the rest of the way.
“We just need to control what we can control going forward. We will get healthier in the next few weeks right in time for tough games in Medford and Goodhue,” said Wieme. “Finishing middle-of-the-pack, at .500, was a goal we set at the start of the season. So these are two big wins that we need to win. Our guys have to make sure they continue to fight and come to practice every day to get better. These are games that we feel like we should be competitive in.”
The Knights return home Friday for a district matchup against Medford.
“Hopefully we can learn from the last few weeks and get ourselves more physical and ready to go,” said Wieme. “Medford has always been a good match for us and we’ve had a nice rivalry with them. We’re looking forward to it.”
Kickoff vs. Meford is set for 7 p.m.
BP 61, K-W 6
BP — 26 14 14 14
K-W — 0 6 0 0
K-W offensive statistics — Passing: Laden Nerison: 4-14, 33 yards, 1 TD … Rushing: Tate Erlandson 5-74; Bray Olson 15-31; Josh Johnson 2-5; Nerison 5-5 … Receiving: Casey Wesbur 2-25, 1 TD; Riley Horn 1-4; Bray Olson 1-4
K-W special teams — Kicking: Kevin Vasquez 2-75 … Kick returns: Riley Horn 4-36; Tate Erlanson 2-28; Jed Johnson 1-20; Evan Brossard 1-11 … Punting: Victor Martinez 9-234