High School Football: Pierz proves too much for Cathedral

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PIERZ -- Michael Leidenfrost scored on a 10-yard run and caught passes of 38 and 20 yards from Peter Schommer for two more touchdowns as the No. 2 seeded and Class 3A’s top-ranked Pierz Pioneers crushed the No. 7 seeded St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders 57-14 in the Section 6-3A Quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 22.

A 30-yard run by Mathias Algarin put Pierz up 8-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Pioneers blew the game open with 30 unanswered points in the second quarter on all three Leidenfrost scores and a 34-yard punt return by Algarin.

Blake Kowalczyk and Ben Virnig each ran five yards for TDs in the third and Mason Rach capped the Pioneer scoring on a 5-yard run in the fourth.

Pierz is the two-time defending Section 6-3A champion and has won six straight section titles (four in Section 5-3A). The Pioneers have won 14 straight section games and host No. 3 Minnewaska 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Section 6-3A Semifinals.


Cathedral 0 0 7 7 -- 14
Pierz 8 30 13 6 -- 57

First quarter
Prz-Mathias Algarin 30 run (Michael Leidenfrost run) 7:10

Second quarter
Prz-Leidenfrost 38 pass from Peter Schommer (Algarin pass from Schommer) 11:01
Prz-Leidenfrost 10 run (Algarin pass from Schommer) 4:27
Prz-Algarin 34 punt return (pass fail) 2:58
Prz-Leidenfrost 20 pass from Schommer (Blake Kowalczyk rujn) 0:51


Third quarter
Prz-Blake Kowalczyk 5 run (Maverick Kowalczyk kick) 9:39
SCC-Caleb Leintz 16 pass from Mason Wolf (Josh Revier kick) 6:45
Prz-Ben Virnig 5 run (run fail) 0:48

Fourth quarter
SCC-Zach Plante 70 pass from Wolf (Revier kick) 11:48
Prz-Mason Rach 5 run (run fail) 4:41

Team statistics
Rushes-yards: Prz 57-302, SCC 14-39
Pass comp-att-int-yds: Prz 5-7-1-132, SCC 9-27-2-63
Total offense: Prz 64-434, SCC 41-202

Individual leaders
Rushing: Prz-Carter Moulzolf 8-73, Michael Leidenfrost 7-49, Mathias Algarin 6-40, Blake Koewalczyk 7-38, Mason Rach 9-49, Ben Virnig 5-22
Passing: Prz-Peter Schommer 5-7-1-132
Receiving: Prz-Algarin 2-37, Michael Leidenfrost 2-58, Blake Kowalczyk 1-38
Overall: Prz 9-0. Next: No. 2 Pierz hosts No. 3 Minnewaska in Section 6-3A Semifinals 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
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