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Prep Football: Willmar rumbles by Chisago Lakes

Cardinals win fifth straight behind Schramm's five TDs

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Willmar sophomore Cullen Gregory reacts after coming up with a fumble recovery in the first quarter of a North Central White district game against Chisago Lakes on Friday, Oct. 16, 2021 at Hodapp Field in Willmar. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Behind a five-touchdown performance from senior quarterback Alex Schramm, the Willmar Cardinals football team won its fifth straight game, beating Chisago Lakes Wildcats 41-6 Friday at Hodapp Field.

After a Cullen Gregory fumble recovery gave the Cardinals the ball at the Wildcats’ 37-yard line, Schramm put up the first score of the game on a 2-yard run at the 7-minute, 8-second mark of the first quarter. Then 46 seconds into the second, Schramm ran one in from 9 yards out to make it a 14-0 game.

Chisago Lakes and its pistol offense put together its best drive of the night, capped off by a 3-yard TD run from Conner Wheeler.

Schramm reached the end zone for the third time in the first half on a 16-yard with 52 seconds left before halftime.

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The No. 7-ranked Cardinals had a 21-6 lead at the break.

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Willmar sophomore Cullen Gregory reacts after coming up with a fumble recovery in the first quarter of a North Central White district game against Chisago Lakes on Friday, Oct. 16, 2021 at Hodapp Field in Willmar. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

After a scoreless third, Schramm showed off his legs and arm, with a 7-yard rushing score and a 6-yard TD pass to Sam Raitz. With the game in hand, Ramero Trevino popped off an 80-yard TD run.

Schramm, who committed to play wide receiver at the University of Minnesota-Duluth last week, ran for 123 yards on 14 carries. He also completed 6 of 13 passes for 70 yards. Running back Michael Price had a team-high 174 rushing yards on 21 attempts.

Willmar gained 385 yards on the ground.

The Cardinals’ defense had a busy night with four takeaways. Raitz had an interception. Gregory, William Maldanado and Tanner Fleming each had fumble recoveries. Mattix Swanson finished with 19 total tackles, followed by 10 from Zack Gadient.

Willmar (6-1) wraps up the regular season at 7 p.m. Wednesday back at Hodapp against top-ranked Becker . The Bulldogs beat St. Cloud Apollo Eagles on Friday, 23-18.

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Willmar vs. Chisago Lakes football Oct. 15, 2021

Willmar 41,
Chisago Lakes 6

Chisago Lakes (2-4) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Willmar (5-1) 7 14 0 20 — 41
Scoring Plays
W – Alex Schramm 2 run (LaBlue Moo kick)
W – Schramm 9 run (Moo kick)
CL – Conner Wheeler 3 run (run failed)
W – Schramm 16 run (Moo kick)
W – Schramm 7 run (kick failed)
W – Sam Raitz 6 pass from Schramm (Moo kick)
W – Ramero Trevino 80 run (Moo kick)

Chisago Lakes

First downs: 14 … Penalties: 2-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Ashton Pearson 16-124, Nicholas Wasko 18-102, Easton Morrison 4-32, Blake Schmidt 3-14, Conner Wheeler 1-3. 42-275 … Passing (Individual and team): Wasko 2-6-1 17 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Schmidt 1-5, Nathan Bluhm 1-12… Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: 2 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

Willmar

First downs: 14 … Penalties: 2-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): Michael Price 21-174, Alex Schramm 14-123, Ramero Trevino 2-82, Cullen Gregory 3-6. 40-385 … Passing (Individual and team): Schramm 6-13-0 70 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Sam Raitz 3-37, Brandt Sumner 3-33 … Interceptions: Raitz 1 … Fumble recoveries: Gregory 1, William Maldanado 1, Tanner Fleming 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Mattix Swanson 2-17, Zack Gadient 0-10, Mason Swanson 1-6, Brandt Sunder 1-6, Connor Owens 5-1 … QB sacks: Fleming 1

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