Trojans, Romig roll over Red Wing, 30-16

Trojan fullback Mike Romig carried 44 times for 210 yards as New Prague ended its regular season with a 30-16 win over Red Wing in the regular season finale for both teams Wednesday.

The Trojans (4-3 Missota, 5-3 overall) received a bye as the No. 2 seed in Section 6AAAA and will host Waconia at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Field.

The Wildcats are 6-3 after defeating Mound-Westonka 42-0 Tuesday evening. They are a traditionally strong team in the Wright County Conference, one of the toughest Class AAA conferences in the state, but this is their first year in Class AAAA and are for the most part untested against the larger schools. In the win over Mound, Justin Klingelhutz gained 247 yards on 16 carries in the first half. The Wildcats’ line is anchored by 6-5, 260-pound Sam Sterner, a Division 1AA recruit.

Quick start

New Prague got off to a quick start in their win against Red Wing. The Wingers, who received the opening kick, started deep in their own territory, then came up a yard short on a third-down pass and had to punt.

The Trojans drove downfield, covering 49 yards on seven plays, with Romig getting the final two for the touchdown. The point-after was no good, and the Trojans led 6-0 with 6:07 remaining.

On Red Wing’s first play after the ensuing kick, Tony Kubes intercepted a pass for the Trojans. New Prague cashed in immediately when Ross Skluzacek threw an 18-yard strike to Kubes. The 2-point conversion was no good, and New Prague had a 12-0 lead with 5:28 left in the opening quarter.

The Wingers punted again to New Prague on their next possession, and the Trojans went on the move. Romig gained 22 yards on first down, and carried for another first down on the drive, but the Trojans turned the ball over on a fumble.

Red Wing returned the favor on the following drive. They picked up 17 yards on a pair of carries before giving the ball back to New Prague.

Trojans score again

The Trojans again cashed in on the Winger turnover, going 66 yards in 14 plays. Romig was the workhorse, carrying eight times for 30 yards on the drive, and scoring the touchdown from one yard. Brian O’Neill caught a pass from Skluzacek for the 2-point conversion, making it 20-0 with 6:27 remaining in the half.

Red Wing went three and out on their next possession, their only possession of the second quarter, and had to punt. The Trojans again brought the ball down field. The entire drive was on the ground with Romig and Kubes sharing the load. Eric Olson got the score with a 35-yard field goal, making it 23-0 with three seconds left in the half.

The Trojans picked up where they left off in the second half, taking the kickoff and going 71 yards on eight plays. Skluzacek carried it the final two yards for the touchdown and Olson converted the extra point, making it 30-0 with 8:24 remaining in the third.

Red Wing scored on its next two possessions. Knapp scored on a 17-yard pass from Wordelmann, then after an interception by the Wingers, Heyes scored on a 2-yard run. The 2-point conversion was successful both times, and with 5:25 left in the third, the Wingers had cut the Trojans’ lead to 14 at 30-16.

On the ground

New Prague played a controlled offense from that point, keeping it on the ground. That gave Romig a chance to add to his totals. The Trojans’ defense stopped Red Wing on all its remaining possessions, twice on downs and once on an interception, and twice more on fumble recoveries.

The Trojans had a total of 336 yards rushing. Besides Romig’s 210, Kubes had 107 on 13 carries and Daren Geyen had 20 yards off four carries. Skluzacek was 5-of-7 passing for 64 yards, with Kubes catching three of those for 47 yards, O’Neill had one catch for 9 yards and Ryan Witty had one catch for 8 yards.

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