Blooming Prairie rested a few of their starters as they nurse a variety of injuries. Sophomore running back Matthew Pryor took advantage of his opportunity, scoring touchdowns the first two times he touched the ball and crossing the goal line five times in a 54-22 Section 1A quarterfinal victory at McFarlin Field.

Pryor entered the game with season totals of 203 yards and two touchdowns. Playing for Max Romeo, he dashed and cut his way to about 240 yards with touchdown runs of 11, 73, 1, 1 and 11.

BP (7-2, No. 3 seed) took advantage of numerous early mistakes by the Rebels to jump out to a 20-0 first quarter lead. Southland fumbled on their second offensive play. The Awesome Blossoms took over at the 22 yard line. Southland committed a pass interference penalty on the next play. Pryor scored on the next snap with 11:01 to go in the first.

Southland (2-7, No. 6 seed) drove into BP territory in response but got hit with a chop block penalty and had to punt. Pryor took the ball for 73 yards on first down for his second score.

The Rebels ran a wildcat play on their next series from their own 24 yard line, but the snap zipped by the running back's head and he had to go to the one-yard line to retrieve the ball. Southland punted out of their end zone and BP started from the Rebels' 39 and needed six plays for Pryor to add to his career-night.

The Rebels had success moving the ball through air most of the night. Senior quarterback Carl Mueller had three touchdown throws. Blooming Prairie's defense finally got pressure on him in the second half and sacked him numerous times.

BP junior quarterback Seth Peterson had touchdown passes to Payton Simon and Gabe Hagen. Blooming Prairie gets a rematch with defending section champ Rushford-Peterson Saturday October 28 at 7PM on Kat Kountry 105FM. The Trojans outscored the Blossoms 39-35 last Wednesday. RP beat Kingsland 42-22 Tuesday. The other semifinal in 1A is Fillmore Central at Goodhue.


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