Turnover haunts JM in return loss to New Prague – Post Bulletin

Rochester John Marshall was playing well with New Prague.

Until it doesn’t.

John Marshall, who appeared in the Southeast Grand District football game on Saturday with a victory, faced New Prague, who came in 3-1, for nearly three full quarters.

Then, in the span of a few minutes, New Prague used two of their four forced turnovers to turn a tight game into a headlong rush, pulling away for a 35-7 victory in JM’s return game at John Drews Field.

“The turnovers were huge,” said JM head coach Kevin Kirkeby. “Right now I’m really preaching, we need to stop hurting each other. We need to stop fighting. We’ve had turnovers in key situations throughout the season, except in our game against Austin, and so on. ‘is our only victory. Those things hurt us. “

New Prague led just 7-0 at halftime – their only score on a 14-game, 99-yard record that started after Rockets punter Michael Nicometo exploded a 70-yard kick that was downed to the 1 of the Trojans.

JM responded with a 12-game practice, moving the ball from his 15 to New Prague 16, before returning the ball to the Trojans with just 55.7 seconds left in the first half.

The fumble was one of four Rockets turnovers in the game, all of which turned out to be costly. While the first fumble likely prevented the Rockets from leveling the score just before half-time, New Prague mounted touchdowns after their three other takeaways. Two of them intervened quickly in the second half of the third quarter.

“We came out and had a phenomenal first half,” Kirkeby said. “Going down 7-0 at halftime, I guarantee you there is no one in the state other than the folks at this stadium who thought it would be possible. That being said, we were rolling, we had looks good, resembling (that could be a tie score), then we grope it. Then we get a nice payoff and we drop it. Every time we had something going on we would make a mistake.

“My post-game (talking to the players) was all about ‘we have to stop fighting. “”

Still 7-0, Trojans defensive back Joey Novak intercepted a Rockets pass at JM 44 with 5:43 left in the third. Five games later, New Prague made it 14-0 when Luke Shepard hit Nick Geis for a 17-yard touchdown pass. After missing the ensuing kickoff and starting his own 8, JM lost another fumble to his own 20 on the third play of his next possession. The Trojans had only needed four games to cover that distance and Brendan Pieper’s one-meter dip extended their lead to 21-0.

John Marshall (1-4 Big Southeast District, 1-4 overall) responded with his most comprehensive practice of the day, scoring 80 yards on 13 plays and shooting under 21-7 on a Darius Jordan run of 4. yards.

But New Prague (4-1, 4-1) had its own response, with 65 yards in nine games to bring the score to 28-7. The Rockets then threw another interception on the first play of possession that followed and the Trojans turned that short field into a 4-play, 26-yard TD, topped off by Jack Hennen’s 7-yard run.

Although New Prague finished with 35 points, the Rockets recognized their defense to be solid, often having short ground to work with.

“I really liked the way our inside guys played on defense,” Kirkeby said. “We had some really good games against their passing game and our inside guys really followed it.”

New Prague returns to Rochester on Friday to face Mayo, No.6, at 7 p.m., while John Marshall travels to Owatonna on Friday for a 7 p.m. game against the Huskies. JM, who has been hit hard by injuries and illnesses this season, then ends the season with games against rivals Century and Stewartville.

“We have to go into these games thinking that we are going to win,” Kirkeby said, “knowing that we are going to win. And we will have a game plan to win. We go into every game tiring the springboard. done in the previous game and trying to fix the things we didn’t do so well. “


New Prague 0-7-14-14 – 35

John Marshall 0-0-0-7 – 7

First shift

No rating.

Second quarter

NP – Luke Shepard 2 run (Satchel Johnson kick). 5:40

Third quarter

NP – Nick Geis 17 pass from Shepard (Johnson kick). 3:42

NP – Brendan Pieper 1 point (Johnson kick). : 32.7

Fourth trimester

JM – Darius Jordan 4 run (Ben Rieder kick). 6:22

NP – Pieper 10 pass from Shepard (Johnson kick). 2:56

NP – Jack Hennen 7 run (Johnson kick). : 30.1



First tests 17 –

Total Net Yards 310 –

Rushes-Yards 45-231 –

Yards through the pass 79 –

Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-11-0 –

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 –

Penalties-Yards 9-68 –

Punts-Moy. 4-41.8 – 4-41.0

Possibility time 26:36 – 21:24



NP – Luke Shepard 10-7; Eddie Sirek 13-71, 1 TD; Brody Wolch 1-8; Brendan Pieper 17-109, 1 TD; Isaiah Anderson 2-6; Jack Hennen 2-30, 1 TD. JM – Darius Jordan 13-12, 1 TD; Danny Ta 1- (minus-1); Troy Lee 8-24; Justin Jarland 2-5; Jaricho Mims 2-2; LeeAndre Harvey 1- (minus-1).

Who passed

NP – Luke Shepard 7-11-0, 79 yards, 2 TDs. JM – Darius Jordan 9-19-2, 111 yards.


NP – Brody Wolch 1-5; Brendan Pieper 1-10, 1 TD; Matte refrigerators 1-16; Frank Deichelbohrer 1-6; Nick Geis 2-29, 1 TD; Nick Geisen 1-13. JM – Danny Ta 1-16; Troy Lee 1-10; Justin Jarland 2-11; Michel Nicomète 2-36; Jaricho Mims 1-16; Gunnar Dokken 1-11; Tayten Hoelzle 1-11.

Berta D. Wells