DELANO — Big plays made a big difference on a wet and slippery Friday for the Willmar football team.
Michael Price and Alex Schramm led the big-play party for the Cards.
Price had touchdown runs of 56, 10 and 11 yards and Schramm had a 60-yard TD run and 28-yard scoring pass to Sam Raitz. The senior quarterback finished with 150 yards rushing on 19 carries. Price, the senior running back, had 15 carries for 132 yards and three TDs, giving him nine touchdowns this season.
Willmar (4-1) next plays at 7 p.m. Friday against Rocori at the Spartans’ new turf field, Blattner Stadium. Rocori lost to Hutchinson 21-12 Friday night.
Against Delano, Willmar opened the scoring early in the first quarter. Price raced 56 yards for a touchdown on the Cardinals’ second play from scrimmage.
Shortly after that, Schramm scampered 60 yards for a touchdown.
After a Delano touchdown, the Cardinals scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Schramm found Raitz for a 28-yard touchdown pass. The score came on a fourth-down play.
Senior halfback Tate Gallus then scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run at 2:51 of the third quarter to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 20-14.
Price then scored his second touchdown on a 10-yard run with 7:25 to play, making it Willmar 26, Delano 14.
The Tigers closed the deficit to 26-21 when Gallus scored his third TD of the game, a 66-yarder. Clete Scherer then kicked the PAT.
Willmar’s Brandt Sunder then picked off a pass on a trick play. Delano attempted a double-reverse pass. The Cardinals turned that turnover eventually into a touchdown. Price scored his second TD of the game, an 11-yard run, to put Willmar up 32-21 with 2:10 to play.
Willmar 32, Delano 21
Delano (2-4) 0 7 7 7 — 21
Willmar (4-1) 13 7 0 12 — 32
W – Michael Price 56 run (LaBlue Moo kick)
W – Alex Schramm 60 run (kick blocked)
D – Tate Gallus 2 run (Clete Scherer kick)
W – Sam Raitz 28 pass from Schramm (Moo kick)
D – Gallus 6 run (Scherer kick)
W – Price 10 run (kick blocked)
D – Gallus 66 run (Scherer kick)
W – Price 11 run (kick failed)
First downs: 10 … Penalties: 4-30 … Rushing (Individual and team): Michael Price 15-132, Alex Schramm 19-150. 34-282 … Passing (Individual and team): Schramm 5-8-1 91 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Brandt Sunder 2-3, Sam Raitz 2-65, Cade Roelofs 1-23 … Interceptions: Sunder 1 … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Mattix Swanson 2-14, Zack Gadient 3-7, Connor Owens 2-4 … QB sacks: None
First downs: 11 … Penalties: 1-5 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tate Gallus 19-117, Cade Bruett 12-47. 35-167 … Passing (Individual and team): Bruett 11-22-1 150 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Clete Scherer 4-31, Will Brown 2-44 … Interceptions: Scherer 1 … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A